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An application of the relational psychotherapy approach to a Mexican-American woman: An exploratory case study using a brief psychotherapy approach

Author: Mcrae, Lynne Katharine
Author Background: California School Of Professional Psychology - San Diego, US
Date 7/2000
Type Dissertation
Journal Title: Dissertation-Abstracts-International:-Section-B:-The-Sciences-and-Engineering
Volume/Pages Vol 61(1-B): 541
Subject Matter Research, Brief Psychotherapy; Human Females; Interpersonal Interaction; Mexican-Americans
Abstract The Relational theory, which stresses the importance of relationships as the central, organizing factor in women's psychological development, needs further refinement. Its practical use with women of diverse cultural backgrounds remains in question. The purpose of this exploratory case study with a Mexican-American woman was to answer the following: Can the Relational theory be applied to women of color? Can Relational theory be considered a culturally competent feminist therapy? The case conceptualization includes an emphasis on the clinical themes of relational connections/disconnections. Relational theory can be considered a culturally competent therapy when the sociocultural factors present in the lives of women of color are taken into account. These factors include: minority identity development/level of acculturation (which may encompass, but not be limited to, cultural identification, use of language, socioeconomic status, and experiences of racial and social oppression), and the acknowledgment of power differentials in the therapeutic relationship as well as other relationships in the lives of women of color. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2000 APA, all rights reserved)