PSY_5-2.docx - Norbury and Sparks(2013 state “Specific behaviors that are included in diagnostic frameworks and the point at which individual

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Norbury and Sparks (2013) state, “Specific behaviors that are included in diagnostic frameworks and the point at which individual differences in behavior constitute abnormality are largely arbitrary decisions,” hypothesizing that culture has a very large impact on the diagnosis of disorders. While they were specifically describing the diagnosis of autism, this idea can be useful as the basis for considering the possible sociocultural impact in regard to any disorder. Based on the research articles studied thus far, there seem to be commonalities centered around disorders and factors such as race and ethnicity. However, within these studies are admissions that the selection of participants was either too broad or too narrow, and create gaps in the research. To help clarify these possible links and put it into more concrete data, my research question is, “Are some cultures more at risk for particular disorders based on sociocultural factors and traditions?”
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  • Spring '16
  • Deb Eastwood

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