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Discovering hope in psychotherapy for Korean Americans


2004 2004

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This qualitative study explored what generates, elicits, and instills hope in psychotherapy for Korean Americans. Guided by Stephen Mitchell's relational perspective on hope in psychoanalysis, the purpose of this study was to understand ways in which Western psychotherapy might serve this population. Since Mitchell's theory did not explicitly incorporate the notion of culture, this study provides an exploration of how values from the Korean culture might impact upon the process of psychotherapy, and therefore, the Korean American's hopefulness.

Open-ended interviews were conducted by the investigator with six male and female therapists from different ethnic backgrounds, and who had worked with a Korean-American client for at least six months. The Korean cultural values as they applied to the clients discussed in this study are provided. Discussion of their course of treatment also allowed for the emergence of several themes, including beginning hopes and despair, role of the therapist, development of hope, and hope throughout the process for both the therapist and the client.

Results suggest that Mitchell's view of hope does apply to Korean-American clients as well. By incorporating the cultural dimension to his theory, however, it was more the process of creating and developing a connection that became at the heart of generating hope for this population. With the contrasting Korean vs. Western values, therapists need to be mindful of the cultural differences, and in particular, of the ways in which Korean Americans might communicate and how they might differ from those from a Western culture.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Psychotherapy;
Minority & ethnic groups;
Sociology
Classification
0622: Psychotherapy
0631: Minority & ethnic groups
0631: Sociology
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Psychology; Hope; Korean-American; Psychotherapy
Title
Discovering hope in psychotherapy for Korean Americans
Author
Cynn, Diane Jeeyoun
Number of pages
158
Publication year
2004
Degree date
2004
School code
1005
Source
DAI-B 66/03, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542060083, 0542060086
Advisor
Bender, Hilary
University/institution
Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Psy.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3170145
ProQuest document ID
305054481
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305054481
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