World Psychiatric Association – Transcultural Psychiatry Section

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Here you will find all sorts of information about WPA-TPS and Transcultural Psychiatry

And you can read about our members, the board and the ways to become a member. We have special reduced dues for members in training and members from LAMIC countries. Being a member of WPA-TPS gives you all sort of advantages.

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Transcultural Psychiatry

The discipline of Transcultural Psychiatry (TP) continues to pursue the comparative approach outlined by Kraepelin (1904) and subsequently developed by Wittkower (1966) in the achievement of its five main objectives:

  • exploration of the similarities and differences in the manifestations of mental illness in different cultures;
  • identification of cultural factors that predispose to mental illness and mental health;
  • assessment of the effect of identified cultural factors on the frequency and nature of mental illness;
  • study of the form of treatment practised or preferred in different cultural settings;
  • comparison of different attitudes toward the mentally ill in different cultures.

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