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Culture and assessment of manic symptoms

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Paul Mackin, Professor Allan Young


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Cultural background may influence the perception of psychiatric symptoms. We examined the effects of cultural biases on the identification of manic symptoms using the Young Mania Rating Scale. Two video interviews, each with an American person with mania, were shown to psychiatrists from three countries (US, UK and India). Total scores on the scale differed significantly between the US and UK (P < 0.001) and between India and UK (P < 0.001) rater groups. Overall, differences between India and US rater groups were less marked (P=0.28). These differences suggest that cultural biases influence the interpretation of manic symptoms. Declaration of interest ST. and QR. are employees of PharmaStar.

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Author(s): Mackin P, Targum SD, Kalali A, Rom D, Young AH

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Journal of Psychiatry

Year: 2006

Volume: 189

Pages: 379-380

ISSN (print): 0007-1250

ISSN (electronic): 1472-1465

Publisher: Royal College of Psychiatrists


DOI: 10.1192/bjp.bp.105.013920


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