Ten considerations in addressing cultural differences in psychotherapy.

Professional Psychology Research and Practice (Impact Factor: 1.34). 03/2003; 34(2):180-186. DOI: 10.1037/0735-7028.34.2.180

ABSTRACT As the United States population grows more culturally diverse, it is increasingly likely that psychologists will treat patients from dissimilar cultural backgrounds. Psychologists are often undecided about whether it is therapeutically appropriate to address cultural differences. Ten clinical considerations regarding the appropriateness of discussing cultural differences with patients are described. Examples are provided of how these suggested guidelines may apply to clinical practice. The literature that has supported addressing differences, including selected theoretical models, is cited in the context of these recommendations. All psychotherapy cases are distinct; therefore, these general guidelines should be adapted to the requirements of the individual patient. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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