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    From Dissonance to Tolerance: Toward Managing Health in Tropical Cultures

    MacLachlan, Malcolm and Carr, Stuart C. (1994) From Dissonance to Tolerance: Toward Managing Health in Tropical Cultures. Psychology and Developing Societies, 6 (2). pp. 119-129. ISSN 0971-3336

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    Against a backdrop in which in which psychology is being increasingly criticised for failing to meet the pressing needs of Third World' peoples, we report findings from Malawi relevant to the management of health services in the tropics. Surveys of beliefs regarding malaria, schistosom iasis, epilepsy and psychiatric symptomatology have all revealed a remarkable "tropical tolerance "forboth modern medical and traditional forms of health service: belief in the "medical" consistently does not preclude belief in the "traditional", and vice versa. This paper presents reliable psychological evidence which may refute the universality of the dissonance reduction process, while supporting the integration of "traditional" types of health care into the predominantly "medical" and extremely understaffed Malawian health care system We derive hypotheses from this newly appreciated the oretical axis which may also have applications in other developing societies.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Dissonance; Tolerance; Toward; Managing Health; Tropical Cultures;
    Academic Unit: Assisting Living & Learning,ALL institute
    Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 16593
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    Depositing User: Malcolm MacLachlan
    Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2022 16:07
    Journal or Publication Title: Psychology and Developing Societies
    Publisher: SAGE Publications
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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