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Cross-cultural considerations with Asian Indian American clients: A perspective on psychological assessment
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Dutt, A. S. K., & Kit, P. L. (2014). Cross-cultural considerations with Asian Indian American clients: A perspective on psychological assessment. In L. T. Benuto, N. Thaler & B. D. Leany (Eds.), Guide to psychological assessment with Asians (pp. 61-74). New York, NY: Springer-Verlag.
Research on Asian Indian American indicates anunder-utilization of mental health services within this minority group. This chapter provides a cultural profile of individuals from this ethnic minority group. The primary focus of this chapter is to provide culturally sensitive guidelines for practice in psychological assessment and counseling when working with Asian Indian Americans. The first section provides an overview of the cultural context of the Asian Indian American in terms of issues related to formation of ethnic identity and degree of acculturation, the importance of family, gender roles and expectations, and commonly held cultural beliefs, values and customs. It also indicates potential stressors that may be commonly experienced among Asian Indian Americans. The second section describes the attitudes towards mental illness, disability and help seeking behaviors prevalent among Asian Indian Americans that act as a deterrent in accessing mental health services. The third section provides culturally sensitive recommendations to increase accessibility and acceptance of mental health services among Asian Indian Americans. Guidelines include solutions to increase service utilization by customizing service delivery methods to fit client needs, using systems based and directive approaches to understand the Asian Indian American client, allocating counselors based on client values and gender preferences, and collaborating with medical professionals and indigenous healers to provide more comprehensive mental health services to this minority population.
This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in Guide to psychological assessment with Asians. The published version is available online at
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