Transition and Change in Collectivist Family Life

Strategies for Clinical Practice with Asian Americans

  • Karen Mui-Teng Quek
  • Shi-Ruei Sherry Fang

Part of the AFTA SpringerBriefs in Family Therapy book series (BRIEFSFAT)

About this book


This research-to-practice volume grounds clinicians in a robust, culturally-informed framework for conducting effective therapy with Asian-American couples, families, and individuals. Family, cultural, social, and spiritual dynamics are explored across ethnicities, generations, relationships, and immigrant/citizen experience to reflect a diverse, growing population. Discussion and case examples focus on contrasts, conflicts, and balances involved in acculturation and change, notably the shift from collectivist cultural tradition to a more independent view of the self, gender, choices, and relationships. The contributors’ finely shaded guidance and accessible approach will help therapists provide appropriate services for Asian-American clients without minimizing or pathologizing their experiences.

Included in the coverage:

  • How Asian American couples negotiate relational harmony: collectivism and gender equality.
  • Through religion: working-class Korean immigrant women negotiate patriarchy.
  • The role of Chinese grandparents in their adult children’s parenting practices in the United States.
  • Balancing the old and the new: the case of second generation Filipino American women.
  • Bicultural identity as a protective factor among Southeast Asian American youth who have witnessed domestic violence.

Transition and Change in Collectivist Family Life is a cogent clinical resource for practitioners and mental health professionals with interests in Asian-American family therapy, psychotherapy, collectivism, and faith-based community and counseling.


Asian-American family therapy Asian-American mental health Chinese immigrant families Chinese-Americans and religion Collectivism Faith-based community Faith-based counseling Gender and power Immigrant family therapy Intergenerational connections Korean immigrant families Korean-Americans and religion Relational focus Work-family conflict

Editors and affiliations

  • Karen Mui-Teng Quek
    • 1
  • Shi-Ruei Sherry Fang
    • 2
  1. 1.Marital & Family Therapy and Mental HealBethel Seminary, Bethel University Marital & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling ProgramsSan DiegoUSA
  2. 2.Northern Illinois UniversityDeKalbUSA

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