Cultural and Demographic Factors of Schizophrenia

Versola-Russo, Judy M.
July 2005
International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation;Jul2005-Jun2006, Vol. 10 Issue 2, p89
Academic Journal
Schizophrenia has been described in all cultures and socioeconomic groups throughout the world. The perception of mental illness within the cultural dynamics may affect the diagnosis, treatment, and reintegration of an individual with schizophrenia. As culture influences the ways individuals communicate and manifest symptoms of mental illness, style of coping, support system, and willingness to seek treatment may be affected as well. The role of folk healing among minority cultures is explored. The purpose of this paper is to review the illness and to examine the cultural and demographic factors for schizophrenia.


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