Counseling Asian Indian Immigrant Families

A Pastoral Psychotherapeutic Model

  • Varughese Jacob

About this book


This book provides insight into the unique challenges facing Indian and South Asian immigrants in the West—particularly in the United States. It explores the “baggage” they carry; their expectations versus the realities of negotiating a new cultural, social, religious, and economic milieu; nostalgia and idealization of the past; and the hybridity of existence. Within this context, the author discusses factors which often contribute to intergenerational family conflict among this population. Jacob asserts that this conflict is largely a product of differences in cultural values and identity, acculturation stress, and the experience of marginality. After analyzing and interpreting empirical data collected from two hundred families, he proposes the “Praxis-Reflection-Action” (PRA) Model: a five-stage therapeutic model and the first pastoral psychotherapeutic model developed for the Asian Indians living in the West. 


Pastoral Psychology Pastoral Counseling Psychotherapy Cross-cultural Counseling Multicultural Counseling Immigrant Communities Indian Immigrants Family Counseling Psychological Health of Immigrants Well-Being of Immigrant Children

Authors and affiliations

  • Varughese Jacob
    • 1
  1. 1.Ben Taub General HospitalHoustonUSA

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