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component in the heterogeneity of schizophrenia, but which has usually been overlooked and underweighted in mental health treatment and care.

Figure 21. Comparison of Traditional and Multi-Cultural Settings

The traditional clinical mental health setting takes place in which interactions between the patients and the mental health professionals use the same cultural symbols, the same language and a similar world view. Cultural similarities make interactions in such a setting easier to make sense of and relate to. Multi-cultural settings contain rich cross-cultural interactions because evidently there is a multi-culturalisation of the patient and clinician cohorts. A clinician from Mauritius might be treating a patient from Senegal, or a clinician from Jamaica might be treating a Caucasian English born patient. Patients’ symptoms are argued to represent themselves as a manifestation of one’s concern of their world view (Bentall, 2004; Olugbile et al., 2009); one that has been 252

Profile for Huda Shalhoub

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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