Cultural Issues in Understanding and Treating Obsessive Compulsive and Spectrum Disorders

Maja Nedeljkovic, Richard Moulding, Elham Foroughi, Michael Kyrios, Guy Doron

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Abstract

This chapter discusses the cross-cultural understanding of the obsessive compulsive and spectrum disorders. Epidemiological studies suggest a reasonably consistent prevalence of OCD around the world. The role of other culturally influenced factors in the presentation of OCD is also considered (i.e., religiosity, superstition, and beliefs), with religion considered particularly important in the presentation of OCD, although not in its prevalence per se. Treatment effect sizes across countries and within minority cultures from Western countries are outlined. The influence of cultural factors on help-seeking behaviors, assessment, misdiagnosis, and treatment are considered. Limitations of the literature base are discussed, particularly the lack of non-Western studies of treatment effects, and the low evidence base for the spectrum disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Obsessive Compulsive and Spectrum Disorders
PublisherOxford University Press
Chapter26
Pages1-66
Number of pages67
ISBN (Electronic)9780199940561
ISBN (Print)9780195376210
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Sep 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Body dysmorphic disorder
  • Cognition
  • Cross-cultural psychology
  • Cross-cultural treatment
  • Epidemiology
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder

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    Nedeljkovic, M., Moulding, R., Foroughi, E., Kyrios, M., & Doron, G. (2012). Cultural Issues in Understanding and Treating Obsessive Compulsive and Spectrum Disorders. In The Oxford Handbook of Obsessive Compulsive and Spectrum Disorders (pp. 1-66). Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195376210.013.0102, https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195376210.013.0102