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Mohammed Rashed
Birkbeck College
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Cultural congruence is the idea that to the extent a belief or experience is culturally shared it is not to feature in a diagnostic judgement, irrespective of its resemblance to psychiatric pathology. This rests on the argument that since deviation from norms is central to diagnosis, and since what counts as deviation is relative to context, assessing the degree of fit between mental states and cultural norms is crucial. Various problems beset the cultural congruence construct including impoverished definitions of culture as religious, national or ethnic group and of congruence as validation by that group. This article attempts to address these shortcomings to arrive at a cogent construct
Keywords Cultural congruence  Cultural learning  Diagnosis  DSM  Ethnography  Experiential dispositions  Intentionality  Phenomenology  Psychiatry  Salience
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DOI 10.1186/1747-5341-8-5
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