ERIC Number: ED335604
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
How Long Do Chinese Immigrants Stay in Psychotherapy?
Lin, Josh C. H.
The estimated median duration of psychotherapy for white clients in the United States is about 5 to 8 sessions; the estimated mean duration is about 10 to 15 sessions; and the dropout rate after one session is about 17 to 22%. A minority of patients make the majority of outpatient mental health visits. This study used a sample of nonpsychotic Chinese American outpatient clients (N=144), mostly immigrants, to test the hypothesis that ethnic minority clients would have a similar patterns of psychotherapy utilization as white clients if ethnic/cultural therapists were provided. The results supported the hypothesis that the ethnic minority clients would stay in psychotherapy or mental health treatment as long as their white counterparts if culturally responsive therapists were provided. The majority of Chinese American clients were assigned Chinese American therapists. The median treatment duration was 10 sessions, and the median duration for individual psychotherapy alone was 6 sessions. When culturally responsive treatments were provided through Chinese American therapists, the dropout rate after the first session for the Chinese American clients was 10%. When the culturally responsive treatments were provided, a minority of the Chinese American clients made the majority of outpatient mental health visits. These findings suggest that ethnic minority clients would fully utilize the mental health service to meet their needs if culturally responsive treatments were provided. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (99th, San Francisco, CA, August 16-20, 1991).