Person-centered medicine and the sociocultural approach in psychotherapy

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Evgeni Nikolaev


Culturally-sensitive medicine is of great interest in modern clinical practice and the need for a sociocultural approach in psychotherapy is clear. The context of Chuvash culture requires consideration of sociocentric personality traits, ergocentric health models and a somatocentric conception of mental problems. Psychotherapy should be based here on the involvement of key family figures, the positive resources of alternative helping practices and non-confrontational communication. Gender and age are additional issues. An advanced sociocultural approach in psychotherapy implies the use of non-ethnic receptive and productive strategies. Their essence lies in a responsiveness to the patient’s position within the dimensions of urbanization, world view and traditionalism.

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