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Title: Engaging Turkish Immigrants in Psychotherapy: Development and Proof-of-Concept Study of a Culture-Tailored, Web-Based Intervention
Authors: Reich, Hanna
Zürn, Daniela
Mewes, Ricarda
Issue Date: 19-Oct-2021
Publisher: PsychArchives
Abstract: Background. Culturally tailored interventions can increase the engagement and the success rate of psychotherapy in immigrant and ethnic minority patients. In this regard, the integration of the patients’ illness beliefs is a key element. Applying principles of Motivational and Ethnographic Interviewing, we developed a culture-tailored, web-based intervention to facilitate engagement of Turkish immigrant inpatients in psychotherapy. Method. The different aspects of the engagement intervention development are described and its acceptance and usefulness were tested in a proof-of-concept trial with an experimental control group design (active control condition: progressive muscle relaxation) in a sample of Turkish immigrant inpatients in Germany (N = 26). Illness perception, illness-related locus of control, and self-efficacy were assessed pre and post intervention. Results. The engagement intervention was rated better than the control condition (p=.002) and in particular, participants felt better prepared for therapy after working with it (p=.013). By working with the engagement intervention, self-efficacy increased (p=.034) and external-fatalistic control beliefs diminished (p=.021). However, half of the participants needed assistance in using the computer and web-based interventions. Conclusion. The developed intervention provides a first step towards feasible culture-tailored psychotherapeutic elements that can be integrated into routine clinical care. The first results regarding acceptance and usefulness are promising.
Citation: Reich, H., Zürn, D., & Mewes, R. (in press). Engaging Turkish immigrants in psychotherapy: Development and proof-of-concept study of a culture-tailored, web-based intervention [Accepted manuscript]. Clinical Psychology in Europe.
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