Cultural psychopathology: uncovering the social world of mental illness.

S. R. López, P. J. Guarnaccia

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We review cultural psychopathology research since Kleinman's (1988) important review with the goals of updating past reviews, evaluating current conceptualizations and methods, and identifying emerging substantive trends. Conceptual advances are noted, particularly developments in the definition of culture and the examination of both culture-specific and cultural-general processes. The contributions of the Culture and Diagnosis Task Force for DSM-IV and the World Mental Health Report are reviewed and contrasted. Selected research on anxiety, schizophrenia, and childhood disorders is examined, with particular attention given to the study of ataque de nervios, social factors affecting the course of schizophrenia, and cross-national differences in internalizing and externalizing problems in children. Within the last ten years, cultural psychopathology research has become a significant force. Its focus on the social world holds promise to make significant inroads in reducing suffering and improving people's everyday lives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)571-598
Number of pages28
JournalAnnual review of psychology
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Psychology


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