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Treating Asian American clients in crisis: a collectivist approach.

Author: Ino, S.M; Glicken M.D.
Author Background: Counseling and Career Services, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara
Date 6/1999
Type Journal
Journal Title: Smith-College-Studies-in-Social-Work.
Volume/Pages 69(3): 525-540
Subject Matter Asian-Americans, Self-, Crisis-; Treatment-, Cultural-factors
Abstract Asian Americans represent a growing population of clients seeking professional assistance for a variety of social and emotional difficulties. Asian American clients often have a collective notion of self because they are highly influenced by family and culture. Consequently, crisis work with Asian American clients requires very different treatment strategies than those used in work with western clients whose notion of self is far more individualistic. The cultural issues at play in the development of a collective self are described in the article and five common crisis situations are given with case illustrations suggesting effective treatment strategies. (Journal abstract.)