In Reply Both Dr Aggarwal and Ms Deshmukh and colleagues answer our question of whether transcultural psychiatry is possible1 with a resounding “yes.”
Aggarwal points out that diagnosis is an act of “double interpretation,” that prior research exists indicating how culture influences the type and severity of psychiatric diagnoses, that the DSM-52 recognizes the local shaping of distress and illness expression, and that the CFI in the DSM-5 has faced translation and interpretation challenges in a field trial.3
Guinart D, Kane JM, Correll CU. Cultural Influences in Psychiatry—Reply. JAMA. 2020;323(12):1193–1194. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.1094
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