Americanization of Psychology

Americanization of psychology can refer to one of two things. First, there is the propensity of American psychologists to project their homegrown concepts onto other cultural realities, such as viewing mental health disorders (and their treatment) in Indonesia the same way as they would in the United States. Second, there is a tendency for researchers worldwide to espouse American conceptualizations in their scientific publications, one example being the adoption of the resilience concept by Brazilian researchers. Evidence for the former comes from intercultural research, and evidence for the latter from analysis of various factors at play in international scientific communication. Both are prevalent in clinical psychology, but this entry focuses on the latter, and the specific factors that contribute to the worldwide promotion of theories ...

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