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Title: Spirit possessing and healing among Chinese psychiatric patients
Authors: Kua, E.H. 
Chew, P.H.
Ko, S.M. 
Keywords: Chinese
illness behaviour
Issue Date: 1993
Citation: Kua, E.H., Chew, P.H., Ko, S.M. (1993). Spirit possessing and healing among Chinese psychiatric patients. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica 88 (6) : 447-450. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This is a study of the illness behaviour of 100 Chinese psychiatric patients referred consecutively to the psychiatric unit of a general hospital in Singapore. More women than men felt that their illness was due to spirit possession; but belief in possession was not related to educational status. Thirty-six patients or their relatives had consulted a traditional healer before going to the hospital. Duration of illness, sex and educational status were not associated with the tendency to seek help from the traditional healer; there was also no significant difference between psychotic or neurotic patients. The majority of depressed patients (72%) presented with somatic complaints of chest discomfort, headache and abdominal discomfort. Somatization was not related to the educational level or sex of the patients.
Source Title: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
ISSN: 0001690X
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