chapter  4
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Culture and Psychiatry

ByMarvin K. Opler

HAVING REVIEWED much of the relevant literature in social psychiatry, we are now in a position to state simply some basic propositions of this emerging interdisciplinary science. It is significant that its drive and direction is towards a generalizing behavioral science of man. As such, the classic interests of psychiatry in diagnosis and treatment are linked with considerations of the prevention or mitigation of mental disorders in sociocultural groups, and in improvements from an epidemiological point of view in the range of adjustment or adaptation of persons not functioning at optimum levels of health and creativity.