Soc Sci Med. 1993 Feb; 36(3): 265-72.
Post-empiricism and psychiatry: meaning and methodology in cross-cultural research.
Department of Psychiatry, Queen Elizabeth Psychiatric Hospital, Mindelsohn Way, Birmingham, U.K.
Methodological disputes in psychiatry have usually been framed in terms of a positivist-interpretivist paradigm conflict. While traditional cross-cultural psychiatry does indeed endorse a positivist medical model the author argues that a post-empiricist philosophy of science is best able to 'ground' the 'new' cross-cultural approach.