Cultural issues in forensic psychiatry

Med Law. 1990;9(6):1220-4.


Culture plays a significant role in shaping behaviour. When assessing patients from a different culture, mental health experts have to ascertain which behaviors are culturally determined and which are evidence of pathology. Suggestions are made as to how the forensic assessment process can take cultural factors into account.

MeSH terms

  • Cross-Cultural Comparison*
  • Forensic Psychiatry*
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Social Values