Most traditional couple therapy models are based on the Eurocentric, middle-class value system and are not effective for today's psychotherapists working in multicultural settings. Multicultural Couple Therapy is the first “hands-on” guide for integrating couple therapy with culture, race, ethnic identity, socioeconomic status, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, and immigration experiences.
The editors and a culturally diverse group of contributors follow a common outline of topics across chapters, related to theory, research, practice, and training. They report on the application of major evidence-based models of couple therapy and demonstrate the integral role played by contextually based values involved in relationships, conflict, and resolution.
- Presents a multiperspective approach that focuses on specific cultural issues in couple therapy
- Creates a cultural context for couples to help readers better understand key issues that affect relationships
- Features a series of compelling “Case Examples” from the authors' personal therapeutic experience in treatment with couples from diverse backgrounds
- Includes “Additional Resource” sections, including suggested readings, films, and Web sites, as well as experiential exercises and topics for reflection
This groundbreaking book provides an in-depth resource for clinicians, supervisors, educators, and students enrolled in courses in couple therapy, marriage and family therapy, and multicultural counseling who are interested in how diverse clients define conflicts and what they consider to be functional solutions.
Chapter Fourteen: Couples in the Desi Community: The Intersection of Culture, Gender, Sexual Orientation, Class, and Domestic Violence
Couples in the Desi Community: The Intersection of Culture, Gender, Sexual Orientation, Class, and Domestic Violence
The word Desi, derived from Sanskrit, means “one from our country; of the homeland.” Often affectionate, although sometimes derogatory, and less formal than the term South Asians, it is used to refer to people from the sub-continent of India, in particular India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Couples in the Desi community are inextricably linked to extended family across the diaspora and to community. The notion of “couples” as we know it in the Western world is something of an oxymoron in the Desi community, particularly in India where parents and in-laws can dictate the ...