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Mental Health: South Asia
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South Asia is comprised of countries with rich culture and traditions, and strong religious affiliations. Combined with these, many factors, such as poverty, natural disasters, and ethnic and religious conflicts, affect the mental health of South Asian women.

Most of women's suffering can be traced to their cultural and social circumstances, oppressive traditions with deep roots in South Asia, which generate women's poor self-image and self-esteem. Worldwide, i…

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Niaz, Unaiza, “Mental Health: South Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 07 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0184g>
First published online: 2009

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