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October 2021

Ethnocultural considerations in group psychotherapy

Journal/Book: Int J Group Psychother. 1999; 49: 72 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012, USA. Guilford Publications Inc. 429-464.

Abstract: The increasingly heterogeneous populations of the industrialized countries necessitate a reappraisal of the sociocultural norms and group-therapeutic approaches that were based primarily on White Judeo-Christian values. This author reviews the literature on the treatment of ethnically different patients and discusses socio-cultural phenomena relevant to group therapy that differ from the mainstream culture. The culturally determined contrasts in perception attitude, communication, and behavior, which minority members may exhibit in the group, are examined. The specific demands on, the therapist working with ethnic group members are highlighted along with the modifications in therapeutic technique. Recommendations for a culturally sensitive and broader training of group therapist are offered.

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Keyword(s): MENTAL-HEALTH SYSTEM; AMERICAN CLIENTS; ULTRA-ORTHODOX; GROUP-THERAPY; RACE; ETHNICITY; CULTURE; TRANSFERENCE; COUNTERTRANSFERENCE; PSYCHOLOGY


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