Group therapy with Southeast Asian refugees

John (Dave) Kinzie, Paul Leung, Anh Bui, Rath Ben, Kham One Keopraseuth, Crystal Riley, Jenelle Fleck, Marie Ades

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Abstract

This report describes a one-year experience with a new program of group therapy for Southeast Asians who were treated in a psychiatric program for Indochinese refugees. Cultural factors involving communication styles, respect for authority, and traditional social relationships greatly influence the group process. Socialization experiences which encouraged traditional activities and practical information were the most acceptable medium by all the groups. Psychological issues of losses, cultural conflicts, and persistent discussion of somatic symptoms were voiced throughout the activities. Formal group psychotherapy was periodically useful in some groups. Flexibility, meeting concrete needs, keeping a bicultural focus, and maintaining the individual therapy sessions contributed to the acceptance by the patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-166
Number of pages10
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1988

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Kinzie, J. D., Leung, P., Bui, A., Ben, R., Keopraseuth, K. O., Riley, C., ... Ades, M. (1988). Group therapy with Southeast Asian refugees. Community Mental Health Journal, 24(2), 157-166. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00756658

Group therapy with Southeast Asian refugees. / Kinzie, John (Dave); Leung, Paul; Bui, Anh; Ben, Rath; Keopraseuth, Kham One; Riley, Crystal; Fleck, Jenelle; Ades, Marie.

In: Community Mental Health Journal, Vol. 24, No. 2, 06.1988, p. 157-166.

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Kinzie, JD, Leung, P, Bui, A, Ben, R, Keopraseuth, KO, Riley, C, Fleck, J & Ades, M 1988, 'Group therapy with Southeast Asian refugees', Community Mental Health Journal, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 157-166. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00756658
Kinzie, John (Dave) ; Leung, Paul ; Bui, Anh ; Ben, Rath ; Keopraseuth, Kham One ; Riley, Crystal ; Fleck, Jenelle ; Ades, Marie. / Group therapy with Southeast Asian refugees. In: Community Mental Health Journal. 1988 ; Vol. 24, No. 2. pp. 157-166.
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