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Understanding genital-shrinking epidemics in West Africa: koro, juju, or mass psychogenic illness?
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PMID:  16108203     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A small-scale epidemic of genital shrinking occurred in six West African nations between January 1997 and October 2003. This article presents a summary and analysis of 56 media reports of these cases. A clinical formulation of these cases considers a variety of explanations from theory and research in social and cultural psychology, psychopathology, and anthropology. Of particular interest is a comparison of genital-shrinking distress in West African settings with koro, a culture-bound syndrome involving fears of genital retraction that is prominent in Southeast Asian settings. The paper concludes with a brief discussion of the role of culture in both the experience of genital-shrinking distress and conceptions of psychopathology.
Vivian Afi Dzokoto; Glenn Adams
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Culture, medicine and psychiatry     Volume:  29     ISSN:  0165-005X     ISO Abbreviation:  Cult Med Psychiatry     Publication Date:  2005 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-08-19     Completed Date:  2005-11-10     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7707467     Medline TA:  Cult Med Psychiatry     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  53-78     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, Fayetteville State University, NC 28311, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Africa, Western
Disease Outbreaks*
Genitalia, Male / physiopathology*
Koro / ethnology*,  psychology
Mass Behavior*
Somatoform Disorders / ethnology,  physiopathology*

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