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MILDRED VERA, DORYLIZ VILA & MARGARITA ALEGRÍA

In: Handbook of Racial & Ethnic Minority Psychology

Chapter 26: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: Concepts, Issues, and Strategies for Practice With Racial/Ethnic Minorities

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Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: Concepts, Issues, and Strategies for Practice With Racial/Ethnic Minorities
Cognitive-behavioral therapy: Concepts, issues, and strategies for practice with racial/ethnic minorities

Therapists are faced with significant challenges in attempting to provide services that take into consideration the cultural and social contexts of racial/ ethnic minorities. Most models that guide the practice of psychotherapy were developed based on the constructions and ideologies of middle-class mainstream American culture, with limited or biased consideration toward the client's race or ethnicity (Hays, 1995). During the past decades, increased attention has been focused on the need that therapists appreciate the diverse and complex experiences confronted by their racial/ethnic minority clients (Bhugra & Bhui, 1998; Fábrega, 1987; Kleinman, 1988; Manson, Shore, & Bloom, 1985; Rogler, Malgady, Costantino, & Blumenthal, 1987; Sue ...

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