Cognitive--behavioral treatment groups for people with chronic physical illness in Hong Kong: Reflections on a culturally attuned model

Daniel Fu Keung Wong*, Phyllis Chau, Anna Kwok, Jackie Kwan

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Abstract

This study describes and evaluates a cognitive-behavioral treatment group for people with chronic physical illness in Hong Kong. We developed a group protocol based on the understanding that Chinese people generally prefer a structured group format, expect group leaders to be active and directive, and are not used to expressing opinions and emotions in groups. The experimental and waitlist control groups had 38 and 35 participants, respectively. A standardized questionnaire was administered to all participants before and after the group treatment. Results suggest that members of the experimental group showed improvements in mental health, negative automatic thoughts, and negative emotions when compared to those in the waitlist control groups, and at the end of group treatment. Implications for designing and running a culturally attuned CBT group for Chinese people are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)367-385
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Group Psychotherapy
Volume57
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2007

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