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.

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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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