Indian Women’s Experience of a Narrative Intervention Using Art And Writing*

Abstract

International and minority populations tend to underutilize mental health services, including marriage and family therapy. Models of marriage and family therapy developed in the West may reflect Western values and norms inappropriate for diverse cultural contexts. This article presents an exploratory, qualitative study of a narrative therapy approach with Asian Indian women. This study adds to the small body of narrative-based empirical studies, and has a unique focus on intercultural applications and the experience of participants. Participant experience was examined along four phenomenological dimensions. Findings indicate the suitability of narrative interventions and nontraditional treatment delivery for this population.

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*This research was presented in 2004 at the annual conference of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

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Keeling, M.L., Nielson, L.R. Indian Women’s Experience of a Narrative Intervention Using Art And Writing*. Contemp Fam Ther 27, 435–452 (2005). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10591-005-6219-4

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Keywords

  • narrative therapy
  • culture
  • qualitative study
  • Asian Indian women
  • marriage and family therapy.