Group therapy with Southeast Asian refugees

J. David Kinzie, Paul Leung, Anh Bui, Rath Ben, Kham One Keopraseuth, Crystal Riley, Jenelle Fleck, Marie Ades

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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
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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