Academic journal article Journal of Psychology and Theology

Journal of Clinical and Consulting Psychology. (Journal File)

Academic journal article Journal of Psychology and Theology

Journal of Clinical and Consulting Psychology. (Journal File)

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Hall, Gordon C. Nagyama (2001).

Psychotherapy research with ethnic minorities: Empirical, ethical, and conceptual issues Vol. 69 (3), 502-510

Hall's article discusses the need for culturally sensitive therapies (CSTs) for ethnic minorities. According to the author, empirically supported therapies (ESTs) have not been shown to be effective with ethnic minority populations. In his discussion of the need for CSTs, he states some important considerations that must be brought to psychotherapists' attention in therapy with minorities, such as interdependence, discrimination, and spirituality. There is a need for researchers to include ethnic minorities in studies of psychotherapeutic effectiveness. Also, empirical support exists for specific psychotherapies for specific disorders, but there is not sufficient evidence to determine whether or not ESTs are effective with minority populations. In addition, CSTs are in high demand because the minority populations seeking therapy are rapidly increasing in size. If CSTs are not developed, then the remaining ESTs will not be sufficient in reaching a growing market seeking psychotherapy.

Hall spends a great deal of time addressing the differences between European American contexts and minority contexts, especially in terms of interdependence, discrimination, and spirituality. Past research shows that ethnic minority groups emphasize group identity and relational interdependence much more than European American individuals. …

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