A critical review of Chinese Koro

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Abstract

Koro is generally considered a culture-bound psychiatric syndrome, the dominant feature of which is anxiety or dissociation. A close examination of koro epidemics in China, where koro cases appear to be more frequent than other parts of the world, shows that koro has a sociocultural component which has not been sufficiently taken into account in previous formulations. This article analyzes koro in the natural environment in which it appears and dispels the notion of koro being individual psychopathology. Koro, at least the way it is manifested in China, is a social malady maintained by cultural beliefs which affect the whole community and not just those diagnosed with it. Future directions for research into the subject are discussed. Copyright © 1996 Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-82
JournalCulture, Medicine and Psychiatry
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1996

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Citation

Cheng, S.-T. (1996). A critical review of Chinese Koro. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, 20(1), 67-82. doi: 10.1007/BF00118751

Keywords

  • Natural environment
  • Critical review
  • Cultural belief
  • Dominant feature
  • Previous formulation
  • Mental illness
  • Chinese
  • Health