Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 27, Issue 3, pp 367-382

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy With An East Indian Family*

  • Frank M. DattilioAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School Email author 
  • , Mudita BahadurAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

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This article discusses the use of the cognitive-behavioral approach to family therapy with an immigrant Indian family residing in the United States. Issues of acculturation and the emancipation of a young adolescent female are addressed as conflicts arise between her and her parents. The use of cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) is presented as a flexible mode of treatment because it allows for the modification of schemas in a way that is respectful to cultural underpinnings and allows the family the freedom to change in a manner that does not compromise their cultural values. Further discussion is directed toward the cultural variables that may be accommodated by the CBT approach and the elements that make the approach adaptable, particularly in cases involving Indian culture.

Key words

East Indian family therapy cognitive-behavioral therapy cultural sensitivity.