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Title: What can Western psychology offer to non-Western cultures? : a non-Western perspective on clinical psychology
Author: Taylor, Katriona
ISNI:       0000 0004 7964 0755
Awarding Body: University of Leicester
Current Institution: University of Leicester
Date of Award: 2019
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Background: There has been a recent interest in the internationalisation of psychology as a profession, allowing the exchange of professionals and psychological knowledge across the globe. If international psychology is to be achieved, it is imperative that non-western cultures share an interest in collaboration and exchange with Western Psychologists. The aim of this thesis was to explore the acceptability and utility of Western psychology within non-Western cultures. Literature Review: A systematic review of the current qualitative literature was conducted, yielding nine studies which met the inclusion criteria examining the perceptions of non-Western psychological practitioners of the utility and applicability of Western psychological models, theories and interventions and the potential barriers and adaptations needed for implementation within non-Western settings. Thematic synthesis identified four main themes: Utility of Western theories and techniques, Issues with the use of Western psychology, adaptations to Western psychology and Future recommendations. Research Report: The report focuses on a thematic analysis which explored the views of 14 trainee/recently qualified non-Western clinical psychologists of the utility of Western psychology, and indeed the demand, reputability and generalisability of the development of international psychology. Six superordinate themes were identified: 'Cultural differences', 'Western psychology has a role', 'adaptations', 'What is Western?', 'considerations' and 'internationalisation of psychology is not only possible, it's happening right now'. The results suggest that Western psychology has a role within non-Western cultures, however it should be used as a framework integrated in line with local practices and values. Participants were positive regarding the potential for reciprocal sharing of knowledge between different cultures that internationalisation can bring, however a number of considerations and barriers were also discussed. Critical Appraisal: A reflective account of the research process in included. This aims to maximise transparency and support the consolidation of personal and professional development made during the research journey.
Supervisor: Burgess, Gerard ; Welham, Alice Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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