Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Social Work

Title

Cognitive behavioral intervention in the Chinese cultural context: A case report

Language

English

Abstract

Introduction: Depression is predicted to become the world's second leading cause of disability by 2020 according to the World Health Organization. Cognitive behavioral intervention (CBI), recognized as a viable and effective treatment for depression, is becoming more widely used among Chinese clients. However, information about the application of this Western approach in the Chinese population is very limited. Methods: This paper discusses adaptations of CBI protocols for Chinese patients, considering the major Chinese cultural characteristics of predestination, losing face, avoiding conflict, and Yin-Yang balance (PLAY) for persons with depression. Results: Illustrated is the application of the PLAY protocol in the actual case of a 35-year-old woman with depression. Implications for integrating Chinese cultural characteristics with CBI are discussed. Discussion: There is evidence for adaptations of CBI for enhancing its effectiveness among Chinese people within their cultural context. Since there are limited studies on cultural-sensitive CBI for Chinese people, the conclusions drawn from this study are only preliminary. Further studies that verify the findings reported in this paper are necessary. © 2013 Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.

Keywords

Chinese cultural characteristic, Cognitive behavioral intervention, Depression, Yin-Yang

Publication Date

2013

Source Publication Title

Asia-Pacific Psychiatry

Volume

5

Issue

3

Start Page

205

End Page

211

Publisher

Wiley

DOI

10.1111/appy.12092

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/appy.12092

ISSN (print)

17585864

ISSN (electronic)

17585872

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