A Meta-Analytic Review of Psychotherapy Efficacy in China

[Speaker] Xu, Hui:1
[Co-author] Tracey, Terence J. G:1
1:Arizona State University (United States of America)

Psychotherapy is a culturally sensitive practice whose efficacy is conditioned on its congruence with the cultural context where it performs (Frank, 1993; Wampold & Imel, 2015). While Western psychotherapy approaches have gained increasing global attention and been imported to other cultural contexts (Hohenshil, Amundson, & Niles, 2015; Qian, Smith, Chen, & Xia, 2001), litter knowledge has been known about how Western psychotherapy approaches work in a culture different from Western Europe and North America. In addition, it is also unclear how culturally adaptive psychotherapy approaches work in a culture other than Western Europe and North America. The purpose of the current study was thus to meta-analytically assess a western modality of psychotherapy in China while also proposing to examine the extent to which cultural congruence moderates effectiveness. All published and unpublished studies comparing one psychotherapy treatment with a control group were located within the China Knowledge Resource Integrated Database.
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