Disorders and Application of Cross-Cultural Psychology

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Applied Cross-Cultural Psychology: Immigration Policies and Practice

Main discussion:

Post an explanation on these two questions in which you do the following:

Analyze how cross-cultural psychology can positively influence policies and practices regarding immigration. Provide specific examples from the Week 6 Learning Resources and any additional resources you researched. Respond to this quote from Working With Immigrant-Original Clients: An Update for Mental Health Professionals (APA, 2013, p. 4): http://www.apa.org/topics/immigration/immigration-... “The negative consequences of living with prejudice should be an issue of grave concern for psychologists.” Explain at least two of those consequences and, based on the Learning Resources, what psychologists can do in support of immigrants.

Assignment 1: Culture-Bound Syndromes

To prepare:

  • Review Chapter 9 in your course text, with particular attention to the sections on cultural syndromes and DSM-V.
  • Review Table 9.1, “Specific Cultural Syndromes,” in the course text “Shiraev, E. B., & Levy, D. A. (2017). Cross-cultural psychology: Critical thinking and contemporary applications (6th ed.). New York, NY: Routledge/Taylor & Francis” (pp. 259–261). There are 21 cultural disorders identified.
  • They are:
  • 1. Amok 9. Koro 17. Sore neck syndrome
  • 2. Ataque de nervios 10. Latah 18. Spell
  • 3. Bilis, colera, or muina 11. Locura 19. Susto
  • 4. Brain fag 12. Mal de ojo (“evil eye”) 20. Taijin kyofusho
  • 5. Dhat 13. Pibloktoq 21. Zar
  • 6. Falling out 14. Qi-gong
  • 7. Frigophobia 15. Rootwork
  • 8. Ghost sickness 16. Sin-byung
  • Select seven cultural syndromes as the focus of your Assignment.
  • Review the DMS-V chapter on Cultural Formation and the Appendix, “Glossary of Cultural Concepts of Distress,” in the Week 6 Learning Resources. Note that multiple potential diagnoses are listed for some syndromes, but you will need to select and defend one diagnosis.
  • Explore the entire DSM-V, also provided in your Week 6 Learning Resources. Consider how the cultural syndromes you selected may be diagnosed when applying the DSM-V criteria.
  • Access the Handout Worksheet in the Learning Resources. You will use it to complete your Assignment.

PSYC 2001: Cross-Cultural Psychology

Week 6 Application Assignment: Culture-Bound Syndromes and the DSM-V

Analyze perspectives on psychological disorders across cultures. What are the similarities and differences between how culture-bound syndromes and the DSM-V look at psychological behavior? Support your diagnosis and analysis with specific references to the DSM-V, the Learning Resources, and any additional research you used.

Culture-Bound Syndrome

Culture-Bound Syndrome Behaviors

Possible DSM Diagnosis

DSM Behaviors (Criteria)

Rationale for DSM diagnoss

Submit a completed worksheet with information on seven cultural syndromes of your choice.

In the designated rows of the worksheet, provide the following for each of your selected cultural syndromes:

  • Identify the name of the cultural syndrome.
  • Describe the main symptoms and behaviors of the cultural syndrome.
  • Identify the DSM-V disorder that you believe is a possible diagnosis of the cultural syndrome.
  • List key symptoms and behaviors related to the chosen DSM-V diagnosis that also relate to the cultural syndrome.
  • Provide a brief explanation of your choice of the DSM-V disorder and how you see it connecting to the cultural syndrome.

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Disorders and Application of Cross-Cultural Psychology
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The way cross-culture psychology can positively influence practices and policies regarding
Cross-cultural psychology refers to the science of examining and explaining the way
human behavior is influenced and shaped by sociocultural factors including the ways in which
human behavior affects culture. Cross-culture psychology positively influences immigration
practices by helping immigrants to effectively cope with acculturation which is the changes in
culture that can be found when diverse cultural groups interact either at the individual, group, or
societal levels. Cross-culture psychology also positively influence immigration policies by
investigating and explaining the complex relationship between acculturation strategies,
acculturation outcomes, as well as the factors determining the different kinds of acculturative
behavior in order to help in ensuring that migrants experience contact with new and different
cultures less stressfully (Shiraev, Shiraev, & Levy 2016). For example, since each migrant has to
experience and deal with new sociocultural surroundings, cross-culture psychology positively
influence immigration practices by devising strategies that promote positive acculturation models
relating to immigrants interaction with the culture and society of the immigration country. This
involves positively linking the culture of or...

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