Finnemore, Gerard le Cornu. (2001) Case studies of brain fag syndrome in South Africa. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.
Against the background of culture bound syndromes and the universalism/relativism debate, this research set out to investigate the diagnosis of brain fag syndrome by examining case studies in a South African context. Diagnostic criteria were identified by way of an analysis of the symptoms reported by a convenience sample of 20 black students experiencing problems related to study. In-depth case studies were conducted with three of the participants from the sample who most thoroughly met the criteria for brain fag syndrome. In a comparison between the brain fag diagnoses and the DSM-IV diagnoses, it was established that while the DSM-IV was not without merit in a cross cultural context, cultural differences were found which suggested the usefulness of the brain fag syndrome diagnosis. A speculative statement on the universalism/relath'lsm debate was proposed based on the principle of complementarity derived from Quantum physics.
|Item Type:||Thesis (Masters)|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Brain fag syndrome, Universalism, Relativism, DSM-IV diagnoses, Somatisation, Culture Bound Syndrome, South Africa|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology|
|Divisions:||Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > Psychology|
|Deposited By:||Mrs Carol Perold|
|Deposited On:||17 Feb 2012 14:09|
|Last Modified:||17 Feb 2012 14:11|
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