Cultural Awareness and the Diagnosis

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As the world grows more interconnected, psychologists may experience an increase in the number of clients with diverse backgrounds. As a result, psychologists may benefit from considering a client's culture and common perceptions of that culture for psychological disorders and diagnosis. For your future role in the field, consider how a client's cultural perceptions of a disorder may influence the diagnosis of a disorder, specifically in cases of substance use.

For this Discussion, consider how cultural perceptions of substance use may influence client diagnosis. Also consider the criteria for substance related disorders according to the DSM-5.

With these thoughts in mind:

Post an explanation of how client culture may influence client perceptions of substance use. Then explain how you might use this information to determine if a client meets the criteria according to the DSM-5 for a substance related disorder.

Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to current literature.

3-4 Paragraphs. APA Format. In-text Citations to Support Literature.

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Cultural Awareness and the Diagnosis
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How Culture may Influence Perceptions of Substance Abuse
By definition, culture is a system of belief and behavior that influence how one behaves
and view the society at large. As a result, culture serves how we behave, perceive different
things, and how we behave towards others (Abbott & Chase, 2008). Cepeda (2012) describe the
influence of culture on our lives as a cognitive map that guides our moves. Substance abuse, on
the other hand, is the inappropriate use of drugs especially illicit ones. According to Cruz, King,
Cauce, Conger, and Robins (2017), cultural beliefs often shape how we view and approach
substance use and abuse, with such beliefs influencing the expectations about the problems
which one might face as a result of drug abuse. Belonging to ...

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