oa IFE PsychologIA : An International Journal - Relationship between cultural belief about the external causes of ilI-health and somatization disorder
|Article Title||Relationship between cultural belief about the external causes of ilI-health and somatization disorder|
|© Publisher:||IFE Centre for Psychological Studies (ICPS)|
|Journal||IFE PsychologIA : An International Journal|
|Affiliations||1 Department of Psychiatry, University of Jos, Jos|
|Publication Date||Mar 2000|
|Pages||88 - 106|
|Keyword(s)||Abusing, Charms, Cultural explanation, Disobeying, Environmental factors, External causes, Fer people, Idols, Maladaptive, Mental, Modernization, Multi-casualty, Psychological well-being, Psychosomatic disorder, Shrines and Tampering|
The study investigated the relationship between cultural belief about the external causes of ill-health and somatization disorder. To achieve this, one hundred and twenty (120) research participants were incidentally drawn from the Fer-community. They were divided into six groups of twenty each of African Traditional Religionists, Christians, males, females, educated and uneducated. The investigation revealed that all the groups believe in the external causes of ill health though in varying degrees. It was also discovered that there were insignificant relationship between belief in the external causes of ill-health and the actual presence of somatization disorder in all the groups, except for the christians (r =. 77 P<.05).
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