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Table 22. Estimates of Schizophrenia Patient Cohorts by Country of Origin

N 12 4 2 1

(19)

Central & Eastern Europe Unspecified country Poland Spain Bulgaria

N 25 1 1 1

Middle East & Afghanistan Unspecified country Syria Iraq Afghanistan

(28)

N Africa 57 Unspecified country 12 Somalia 11 Nigeria 6 Morocco 6 Other N. African nations 2 Democratic Republic of Congo (94)

6.6 MHP’s Take on Culture and Schizophrenia “When examining the role of culture in articulating personal experience of psychosis, we situate ourselves within a double perspective: On the cultural side, we examine how symbols referred to by individual persons articulate a larger framework of meanings; and on a personal side, we try to understand how the use of these self-same symbols operates at a personal level” (Jenkins and Barrett, 2004, p. 114). In Corin et al.‘s (2005) understanding, symbolic interaction is always essential in relation to the person experiencing schizophrenic symptoms. It is suggested that there is the double perspective in which culture and personhood play a role in the diagnosed person’s experience. This double perspective not only occurs to the sufferer of schizophrenia but also to the diagnoser. Hence, the diagnoser is also enmeshed into a double perspective in which his or her personal beliefs will mix with the culture and the way in which one is able to understand another person’s experience. Lewis et al. (1990) through their study of British psychiatrists examined racial stereotypes amongst psychiatrists to find out whether these stereotypes affected the management of patients. Self fulfilling prophecies or 209

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DECODING SCHIZOPHRENIA ACROSS CULTURES  

Thesis from Brunnel University, United Kingdom, London

DECODING SCHIZOPHRENIA ACROSS CULTURES  

Thesis from Brunnel University, United Kingdom, London

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