Culturally Competent Treatments for Asian Americans: The Relevance of Mindfulness and Acceptance-Based Psychotherapies
Article first published online: 14 SEP 2011
© 2011 American Psychological Association. Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc., on behalf of the American Psychological Association
Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice
Volume 18, Issue 3, pages 215–231, September 2011
How to Cite
Hall, G. C. N., Hong, J. J., Zane, N. W. S. and Meyer, O. L. (2011), Culturally Competent Treatments for Asian Americans: The Relevance of Mindfulness and Acceptance-Based Psychotherapies. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 18: 215–231. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2850.2011.01253.x
- Issue published online: 14 SEP 2011
- Article first published online: 14 SEP 2011
- Received January 5, 2011; accepted March 29, 2011.
- Asian Americans;
[Clin Psychol Sci Prac 18: 215–231, 2011]
The development of effective treatments for Asian Americans is important because treatment disparities continue to exist for this population. Because of their theoretical grounding in East Asian philosophies, mindfulness and acceptance-based psychotherapies appear to constitute promising ways to provide culturally responsive mental health care to Asian Americans. However, in practice, these approaches often reflect conceptions of mental health that are more consistent with Western worldviews. We review points of intersection and divergence between Western-based mindfulness and acceptance psychotherapies and Asian American cultural values. We then propose a culturally syntonic approach that accentuates certain components of mindfulness and acceptance psychotherapies and adapts other components of these approaches to be more consistent with Asian American cultural values.