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Yearning for a brother: A unique sociocultural risk factor for conversion disorder among children


 Department of Pediatrics, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India

Date of Submission18-Jul-2020
Date of Acceptance01-Sep-2020
Date of Web Publication08-Oct-2021

Correspondence Address:
Prahbhjot Malhi,
Department of Pediatrics, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Sector 12, Chandigarh - 160 012
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijsp.ijsp_218_20

  Abstract 


Conversion disorder is a common problem, with varied presentation, with which children present to tertiary care centers in India. Currently, reports regarding psychogenic nonepileptic seizure (PNES) in children who face sociocultural stressors are lacking. The present case report shows how PNES can result from psychological distress caused by sociocultural factors, such as preference for male children and gender-based inequality. The case report underscores the need to promote more gender egalitarian attitudes to dispel deep-rooted cultural preferences for sons as these are related to perpetuating and precipitating stress and unhealthy behaviors among the female gender.

Keywords: Children, conversion disorder, gender-based inequality, sociocultural



How to cite this URL:
Barman P, Agarwal A, Bharti B, Malhi P. Yearning for a brother: A unique sociocultural risk factor for conversion disorder among children. Indian J Soc Psychiatry [Epub ahead of print] [cited 2021 Dec 3]. Available from: https://www.indjsp.org/preprintarticle.asp?id=327825

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