The heresy of African-centered psychology

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This paper contends that African-centered models of psychopathology represent a heretical challenge to orthodox North American Mental Health. Heresy is the defiant rejection of ideology from a smaller community within the orthodoxy. African-centered models of psychopathology use much of the same language and ideas about the diagnostic process as Western psychiatry and clinical psychology but explicitly reject the ideological foundations of illness definition. The nature of the heretical critique is discussed, and implications for the future of this school of thought are offered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)215-235
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Medical Humanities
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 2005
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy


  • African Americans
  • African-centered psychology
  • Cultural psychiatry
  • Heresy
  • Nosology


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