Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2017  |  Volume : 39  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 137--142

Culturally relevant family therapy practice with parents of children and adolescents


Tania Roy1, A Thirumoorthy2, R Parthasarathy2 
1 Department of Psychiatric Social Work, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Institute of National Importance, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Psychiatric Social Work, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Tania Roy
Department of Psychiatric Social Work, Govindswamy Building, 1st Floor, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Institute of National Importance, Bengaluru - 560 029, Karnataka
India

Background: India is diverse in culture, with multiple aspects that may not match with the Western societal picture. Hence, it has often been seen that therapists encounter unique aspects of therapy that is faced during actual practice, which is never written in any textbook or research papers. Substantial information is present through both outcome (efficacy and effectiveness) studies and process research, but it has very little impact of actual Marital and Family Therapy (MFT) practice. This paper throws light into “how” and “what” of family therapy with parents of children/adolescents having psychiatric disorders. Materials and Methods: Focused group discussion was conducted with practicing family therapists and mental health professionals working in Psychiatric Tertiary Hospital (National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India). Qualitative analysis was done to disseminate process issues in therapy. Results: Aspects that are vital for families having children and adolescent with psychiatric disorders include: Academic decline and loss of parental control as main reasons for seeking help, integration of models is noted to be beneficial, therapeutic alliance, intake sessions, conjoint sessions and individual sessions are important, cultural issues like gender of therapist, their cultural belief model, therapist's cultural competence need to be taken into consideration. Conclusions: Challenges and way-outs to overcome these has been mentioned and implications discussed


How to cite this article:
Roy T, Thirumoorthy A, Parthasarathy R. Culturally relevant family therapy practice with parents of children and adolescents.Indian J Psychol Med 2017;39:137-142


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Roy T, Thirumoorthy A, Parthasarathy R. Culturally relevant family therapy practice with parents of children and adolescents. Indian J Psychol Med [serial online] 2017 [cited 2020 Apr 10 ];39:137-142
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