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ERIC Number: EJ946823
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0003-3790
A Case for Preserving the Diversity of Madness
Sarrett, Jennifer C.; Kushner, Howard I.
Annals of Science, v68 n4 p547-554 2011
Watters questions the universality of mental illness and warns of the harms that accompany the exportation of Western typologies to non-Western cultures. He is particularly concerned that these effects will be exacerbated by the upcoming revisions of the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" ("DSM-V"). Building on his examination of non-Western practices, Watters exposes the historical instability of mental health classifications in North America to question the validity of current "DSM" categories. Although Watters' warnings about the dangers of the globalisation of the "DSM" are persuasive, they may be overreaching as our examination of the successful incorporation of Western created autism services, information, and interventions in the developing world suggests. (Contains 25 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong; Japan; North America; Sri Lanka; Tanzania