Psychopathology Term Paper

Looks at cultural factors in psychopathology.
# 118833 | 880 words | 3 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Mar 01, 2010 in Ethnic Studies (Modern) , Psychology (Therapies) , Sociology (Multiculturalism)

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This paper first explains that, although depression and many other mental disorders cross-culturally have similar symptoms, their expression and interpretation varies greatly from culture to culture. The paper then proceeds to examine research about depression and socialization regarding various ethnic groups such as Asian-Americans, Asian-Indian, African-Americans and European-Americans. The paper concludes that, for diagnosis and treatment of depression, the mental health professional must have additional knowledge about the specific cultural references of patients.

Table of Contents:
Culture and Depression
Depression and Socialization

From the Paper:

"Another dimension, along which ethnical groups vary in the expression of psychopathology, is the minority and socioeconomic status. African-Americans, in particular, are more likely to interpret events in their life as a result of discrimination and racism, and understandably so, given a historical and social context. This group traditionally experienced more discrimination related stress, than any other minority, and is considered highly susceptible to its negative mental health consequences."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Nagayama, G., Lopez, I. (1999). Ethnicity and psychopathology. Psychological Assessment. 11(2), p.186-197. Retrieved April 27, 2009, from EBSCOhost Database.
  • Leake, D., Black, R. (2005). Essential tools: Cultural and Linguistic Diversity. Retrieved from
  • Shiraev, E. B. & Levy, D. A. (2010). Cross-cultural psychology: Critical thinking and contemporary applications (4th ed.). Boston: Pearson/Allyn Bacon.

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APA Format

Psychopathology (2010, March 01) Retrieved February 23, 2020, from

MLA Format

"Psychopathology" 01 March 2010. Web. 23 February. 2020. <>