Adolescence as a culture-bound syndrome

Robert F. Hill, J. Fortenberry

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Abstract

In keeping with an expanded definition of culture-bound syndromes, this paper argues that adolescence in American society has been 'medicalized' into a full-blown symptom complex or pathologic condition. Culture-bound syndromes in highly differentiated societies such as the U.S., may be taxanomically sorted by distinctive cultural identity system domains of age, gender, family, vocation and ethnicity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-80
Number of pages8
JournalSocial Science and Medicine
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • adolescence
  • American society
  • culture
  • medicine
  • psychiatry

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Social Psychology
  • Development
  • Health(social science)

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Adolescence as a culture-bound syndrome. / Hill, Robert F.; Fortenberry, J.

In: Social Science and Medicine, Vol. 35, No. 1, 1992, p. 73-80.

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Hill, Robert F. ; Fortenberry, J. / Adolescence as a culture-bound syndrome. In: Social Science and Medicine. 1992 ; Vol. 35, No. 1. pp. 73-80.
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