How Social Factors Affect The Type Of Treatment The Patient?

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Opening John Berry of Queens University at Kingston said “although all human societies exhibit commonalities and share basic psychological processes, such underlying commonality are expressed by various groups in vastly different ways, from one time and place to another. Social factors can be a strong influence on all areas of mental disorders. They can influence the diagnosis or classification of mental disorders. They can be a part of the development of the disorders. When researching, social factors can be determining what the research looks like, what gets researched and how the research dollars are spent. With treatment, of course, we would want to look at how social factors would influence the type of treatment the patient might receive. Diagnosis/Classification When looking at how social factors can influence diagnosis, there is a focus given on societal norms. If we look at a patient from Haiti, where the practice of voodoo is quite common it could lead to certain circumstances that characteristics in their religious practice, such as the belief in taking possession of people and sacrifices of small animals. These types of behavior for someone that was outside of that community, in Canada, would be considered abnormal behavior, but is not for Haitians that practice Voodoo. Another example of how social factors could change or alter a diagnosis would be in the case of bullying. It has been shown that someone that was bullied in their youth is very likely
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