Evaluation of Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Chinese International Students in Hong Kong

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Abstract

Objectives:This study aims to test the effectiveness of a culturally attuned cognitive behavioral intervention (CBI) in promoting mental health and quality of life (QOL) among Chinese international students in Hong Kong.Method:A waitlist control designed was adopted. Sixty-five Chinese international students in a university in Hong Kong were assigned to experimental groups and control groups. The intervention consisted of eight weekly 3-hr sessions. All the participants were assessed preintervention, postintervention, and at a 3-month follow-up.Results:Participants in the experimental group showed a significant and continuous increase in mental health and overall QOL compared to those in the control group. Changes of dysfunctional attitudes mediated the effect of CBI on mental health and QOL.Conclusion:The current culturally attuned CBI may be useful in improving mental health and QOL among Chinese international students in Hong Kong.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-109
Number of pages13
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020

User-Defined Keywords

  • cognitive behavioral intervention
  • Chinese international student
  • mental health
  • quality of life

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