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November 1972

Intercultural Psychotherapy

Author Affiliations

Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China
From the Mental Health Clinic, Tien Medical Center (Dr. Hsu), and the Department of Neuro-Psychiatry, National Taiwan University Hospital (Dr. Tseng), Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China. Drs. Tseng and Hsu are currently with the Department of Psychiatry, University of Hawaii School of Medicine, Honolulu.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1972;27(5):700-705. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1972.01750290106017

Intercultural psychotherapy refers to psychotherapy in which the therapist and the patient have different cultural backgrounds so that the interaction of cultural components is involved in addition to the ordinary process of psychotherapy. The influence of cultural factors in the process of such psychotherapy is presented and analyzed in the areas of communication, diagnosis, therapist-patient relationship, interpretation, advice giving and treatment goals. Suggestions are made for dealing with such intercultural psychotherapeutic work.