oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Psychological disorders in Africa. Part 1: issues of prevalance

Volume 32, Issue 12
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



Recent years have shown that previous estimates of the prevalence of psychological disorder have had to be revised upwards. The majority of this evidence relates to the West, but an increasing number of studies have been conducted in the under-developed world. Comparative analysis of these studies indicates that rates of disorder are relatively constant between and within cultures. It is concluded that cultural factors play little role in the genesis of psychological disorder, their effect being confined to the manner of presentation of disorder.

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