Case studies of brain fag syndrome in South Africa

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
ID Code:2484
Deposited By: Mrs Carol Perold
Deposited On:17 Feb 2012 14:09
Last Modified:17 Feb 2012 14:11
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