Cross-cultural issues in therapy with an Asian American adolescent

Hong Shen, Sufen Chiu, Russell Lim

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Abstract

Asian Americans comprise one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in the United States. Few studies focus on the psychiatric evaluation and treatment of this population, which underutilizes mental health services. In addition, psychiatric knowledge and expertise in treating Asian American children and youths lags substantially behind that of adults. While comprising diverse populations and cultures, Asian Americans have many commonalities. The case presented will be discussed in terms of both Asian cultural influences and specific features of this adolescent. This article describes the case of a 17-year-old, gay, recent male immigrant from Taiwan, whose assessment and therapy presented many issues typically encountered in work with Asian American youth. Culturally sensitive strategies used to work with this patient are highlighted. The DSM-IV-TR Cultural Formulation is used as a framework for discussion of the case.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)315-342
Number of pages28
JournalAdolescent Psychiatry
Volume29
StatePublished - 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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