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Culture in the DSM-5 

Culture in the DSM-5
Culture in the DSM-5

Nhi-Ha T. Trinh

, Maya Son

, and Justin A. Chen

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date: 28 February 2021

This chapter focuses on the revision of the DSM-IV to DSM-5, including an increased emphasis on the role of culture in psychopathology. The DSM-5, published in 2013, includes a revision of DSM-IV’s Outline for Cultural Formulation and includes the newly added standardized and manualized Cultural Formulation Interview (CFI), the 12 supplementary modules to the CFI, and a Glossary of Cultural Concepts of Distress. With these changes, DSM-5 strives to provide clinicians with a practical interpretive framework to explore patients’ varied experiences and expression of mental distress, increasing the clinical significance of each patient’s ethnic and cultural context. This chapter explores these additions to and revision of the DSM-5, reviews some of its criticism, and offers best practices for using these tools in the evaluation and management of diverse patients.

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