Journal article

Dowry-related domestic violence and complex posttraumatic stress disorder: a case report

Manjula O'Connor

AUSTRALASIAN PSYCHIATRY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2017

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: This paper draws attention to the mental health impact of coercive practice of dowry demands, associated with domestic violence (DV) in an immigrant woman. METHODS: This study was based on a case report and selective literature review. RESULTS: This case history illustrates the serious mental health impacts of repeated emotional and physical trauma inflicted by a husband who was dissatisfied with his wife's dowry. Bio-psycho-social / cultural aspects of mental health treatments needed to be augmented with attention to safety, advocacy, and access to support networks. CONCLUSIONS: Cultural factors are important determinants of mental illness. Psychiatrists need to be aware of DV a..

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