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Shakatani

Historiographic Analysis of the Jamaican ‘Shakatani’ Scotoma from the Short Stories of Erna Brodber

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DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2013.019
Pages: 
475–80
Synopsis: 
The study uses historiography in the analysis of the contemporary fictional writings of a Jamaican novelist to identify aspects of psychopathology of Jamaican people. The analysis reveals profound personality disorder scotoma that currently paralyses many Jamaicans as a product of the enslavement of Africans in the New World, which has been labelled ‘Shakatani’ by current Caribbean medical scholarship.

ABSTRACT

Objective: To use historiography in the analysis of the fictional writings of a Jamaican novelist to identify aspects of psychopathology of Jamaican people.

Accepted: 
25 Mar, 2013
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e-Published: 26 Aug, 2013

Shakatani: The Phenomenology of Personality Disorder in Jamaican Patients

Issue: 
DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2012.333
Pages: 
397–404
Synopsis: 
The distribution and clinically significant patterns of the phenomenology of a naturalistic case-controlled private practice displayed symptoms of a ‘clinical triad’ of power management, dependency and psychosexual issues. This phenomenological approach has been called Shakatani - from the Swahili words shaka (problem) and tani (power), and is suggested to be an Axis I replacement for the four-cluster Axis II classification of the DSM-IV personality disorder.

ABSTRACT

Objective: To examine the distribution and clinically significant patterns of the phenomenology of a cohort of Jamaican patients with a Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) Axis II diagnosis of personality disorder and to clarify the conventional diagnostic deficiencies of DSMbased personality disorder categories.

Accepted: 
22 Apr, 2013
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e-Published: 26 Aug, 2013

A View of Personality Disorder from the Colonial Periphery

Issue: 
DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2013.122
Pages: 
383–8
Synopsis: 
The literature outlining the development and classification of personality disorder is reviewed in order to examine the history of this condition in the context of contemporary post-colonial Jamaican society.
 
ABSTRACT
 
Objective: To examine the history of personality disorder in the context of contemporary post-colonial Jamaican society.
 
Accepted: 
22 Dec, 2013
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e-Published: 26 Aug, 2013
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