Cultural Idioms of Distress

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Adapting the Cultural Formulation for Clinical Assessments in Forensic Psychiatry

Aggarwal, Neil (2012), Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry Law, 40:113-18

Cross-cultural researchers have advised against group approaches to individual care. This article offers a revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-IV) Outline for Cultural Formulation for use in forensic psychiatry by adjusting its formal guidelines with recommendations from the forensic mental health literature.

Link: http://www.jaapl.org/content/40/1/113.full.pdf+html?sid=2f9fd083-003a-4379-8d4f-...

Complex Trauma, Complex Reactions: Assessment and Treatment

Courtois, Christine (2004), in Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, Vol 41, No 4, 412-425

This article examines the criteria contained in the diagnostic conceptualization of complex PTSD (CPTSD). It reviews newly available assessment tools and outlines a sequences treatment based on accumulated clinical observation and emerging empirical substantiation.

Link: http://70.40.200.36/documents/Complex%20Trauma%20Complex%20Reactions-Psychothera...

The cross-cultural validity of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Implications for DSM-5

Hinton, D and Lewis-Fernandez, L (2010), Depression and Anxiety, 0: 1–19

The authors’ main purpose is to examine the validity of the DSM-IV-TR PTSD criteria as applied to traumatized members of diverse cultural groups, and the implications for the DSM-5 revision process.

Link: http://www.dsm5.org/Research/Documents/CulturePTSD_Published.pdf

Theories of post-traumatic growth: Cross-cultural perspectives

Splevins, K., Cohen, K., Bowley, J. & Joseph, S. (2010), in Journal of Loss and Trauma: International Perspectives on Stress and Coping, 15, 3:259-276

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Link: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/15325020903382111