Discussion: “Cultural Aspects of Family Assessment and Therapy,” Symposium

  • Takie Sugiyama Lebra


As an outsider to psychiatry, I was stunned, when entering this palace to participate in the meeting of the World Congress of Psychiatry, at the overwhelming presence and display of drug companies and their advertisements. I felt out of place, and my hopes for interdisciplinary collaboration between psychiatry and anthropology were about to be abandoned. The present symposium, however, has restored my confidence in such collaborative possibilities. All the papers presented here could indeed have been given at an anthropology or other social science meeting. Tseung’s paper in particular reminds me of an anthropology class lecture, and Wolin’s paper follows a major anthropological tradition in offering a functionalist interpretation of rituals.


Family Conflict Interdisciplinary Collaboration Functionalist Interpretation Family Integration Family Ritual 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Takie Sugiyama Lebra
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of HawaiiHonoluluUSA

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