Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Cultural Adaptation of Overseas Trained Psychologists upon Reintegration into Mental Health Profession in Hong Kong
by Leung, Kayeung "William", Psy.D., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2019, 210; 22619129
Abstract (Summary)

Mainstream psychological theories and many therapeutic approaches are deeply rooted in the Euro-American value of individualism. These approaches are inconsistent with the Chinese culture that emphasizes interpersonal relationships and harmony of the family and society based on the influence of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. As a result of globalization, people from Hong Kong have traveled to the United States and Europe to pursue graduate education and training in psychology. After graduation, some individuals who return home experience reverse cultural shock and find themselves ill-prepared and challenged by cultural diversity issues when they work with the indigenous Chinese population. In response to the lack of research surrounding this phenomenon, this empirical qualitative phenomenological study involved interviews with 15 overseas trained psychologists in Hong Kong about their re-entry clinical practice experiences. This empirical study was designed to determine the cultural adaptations and professional modifications needed for effective mental health practice and identify the types of multicultural education and training present or needed in the host countries and Hong Kong that can further improve mental health practice. Clinical implications regarding multicultural training, preferred intervention approaches, reintegration training, government policies, and local parent trends are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rastogi, Mudita
Commitee: Gralewski, Carolyn
School: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Department: Clinical Psychology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-A 81/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Clinical psychology, Asian Studies
Keywords: Chinese, Cultural adaptation, Hong Kong, Multicultural training, Overseas trained psychologists, Reintegration
Publication Number: 22619129
ISBN: 9798645464622
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