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New Book on Psychopathology

14. Nov. 2012

“Cultural Variations in Psychopathology. From Research to Practice” is the title of a new book by Prof. Sven Barnow and Dr. Nazli Balkir, both members of research project C7 “How Universal is Depression?”. The  publication explores interactions between migration, culture, and psychopathology.

The volume explores the broad scope of cultural psychopathology. In today’s era of globalization the population movements and contacts between societies and cultures are increasing. And this phenomenon of migration is known to have a significant effect on health. For example, people from different cultural backgrounds often have different perception and comprehension of mental health and illness and also have different modes of health care. The editors of the book brought together experts from different disciplines to examine the interplay between migration, culture, and psychopathology as well as its implications for service delivery in mental health care. The contributions analyse among others cultural neuroscience studies and the presence of culture in diagnostic systems. They aim to deepen the understanding of cultural diversity on the one hand and on the other hand, to enhance the quality and acceptability of mental health care provided to all

The publication is based on an international workshop on “Cultural Variations in Emotion Regulation and the Treatment of Psychiatric Patients” held at Heidelberg University in 2010, that was supported by the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context”.  The workshop brought together distinguished academics and practitioners working with patients from ethnically diverse minority populations.

The book has been published by Hogrefe Publishing in October 2012.

Prof. Dr. Sven Barnow is the Coordinator of project C7 “How Universal is Depression?” and Chair of the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy at Heidelberg University. His research focuses on the emotion regulations and its relation to psychopathology. Other research interests are social and cultural aspects of emotion regulation.

Dipl.-Psych. Nazli Balkir, a senior–year doctoral candidate at the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy in Heidelberg, currently explores the role of cultural factors in dysfunctional behavior or experience. She is also a member of  project C7.


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