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The Explanatory Model Interview Catalogue (EMIC). Contribution to cross-cultural research methods from a study of leprosy and mental health.

Abstract

The Explanatory Model Interview Catalogue (EMIC) has been developed to elicit illness-related perceptions, beliefs, and practices in a cultural study of leprosy and mental health in Bombay. Leprosy is an especially appropriate disorder for studying the inter-relationship of culture, mental health and medical illness because of deeply rooted cultural meanings, the emotional burden, and underuse of effective therapy. Fifty per cent of 56 recently diagnosed leprosy out-patients, 37% of 19 controls with another stigmatised dermatological condition (vitiligo), but only 8% of 12 controls with a comparable non-stigmatised condition (tinea versicolor) met DSM-III-R criteria for an axis I depressive, anxiety or somatoform disorder. Belief in a humoral (traditional) cause of illness predicted better attendance at clinic.

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Type
Journal Article
Author
Weiss M G
Doongaji D R
Siddhartha S
Wypij D
Pathare S
Bhatawdekar M
Bhave A
Sheth A
Fernandes R
Year of Publication
1992
Journal
The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science
Volume
160
Number of Pages
819-30
Date Published
1992 Jun
Language
eng
ISSN Number
0007-1250
Call Number
WEISS1992
DOI
10.1192/bjp.160.6.819
Alternate Journal
Br J Psychiatry
Publication Language
eng