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Psychopathology and Cultural Experience

Global Perspectives Virtual Series
Speaker/Performer Name
Professor Mattia Della Rocca
  • Online

Mental disorders exhibit a variety of forms across cultures and societies. Culture influences psychopathology through the patient's subjective experience of the disorder as well as through the conceptualization of the stigma attached to it. In this lecture, differences in the interpretation of mental illness between the United States and Europe will be analyzed in light of the historical and cultural processes behind the development of psychopathology on two continents. A special focus will be devoted to the cultural debate on psychopathology in Italy, with particular reference to the debate on the treatment of patients with mental disorders in the Italian context. 

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