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Greg Sullivan Abnormal Psychology Prof. Landers Dec. 1 st 2008 Global Understanding We have learned throughout the semester that every culture and subculture has their own way of viewing and diagnosing psychological disorders. As I met with international student Brad Kim from South Korea we discussed the differences between how abnormal behaviors were viewed in his home country of South Korea compared to the United States. The Korean culture itself, like many Asian cultures is informed by Confucianism, which emphasizes family integrity, group conformity, and traditional gender roles, unlike the individualistic views of western culture. So, from the beginning Brad and I were on different pages. When I asked Brad about how the problem of Anorexia was viewed in South Korea what he had to say very much surprised me. Brad told me that he believed even though girls around the world are pressured to look thin; it is even more pressuring for those in his native culture. He told me that adolescent girls in specific are made very aware of their body weight and because they all want to look similar to their peers, there is much pressure for them to stay thin. I found it interesting when Brad told me he believed there are more anorexic people in South Korea than in America. He believed there are more anorexic people in Korean because the Korean
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