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Cultural bereavement, cultural congruity, and identities 

Cultural bereavement, cultural congruity, and identities
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Cultural bereavement, cultural congruity, and identities
Author(s):

Cameron Watson

, Antonio Ventriglio

, and Dinesh Bhugra

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198833741.003.0037
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date: 18 May 2021

Acculturation and cultural identity are influenced by a number of factors. The concepts of cultural consonance and cultural congruity may need to be taken into account in clinical settings to ensure that clinicians are aware of cultural variations. Cultural consonance is related to the observations that culture is both in the individual and in the group the individual belongs to. Culture congruity is the process of understanding whether the individual living with other members of their culture carry similar dimensions of culture. The likelihood of culture conflict within the same culture and across the majority culture needs to be taken into account while assessing individuals. Personality factors will also play a role in the development of various psychiatric disorders, as will cultural dimensions and cultures within which individuals live, work, play, and age in.

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