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Title: Cultural values and choice of strategic move in therapy : a case of low back pain in a Chinese woman
Authors: Leung, PWL
Sung-Chan, PPL 
Keywords: Psychotherapy
Low backpain
Strategic intervention.
Issue Date: 2002
Source: Clinical case studies, 2002, v. 1, no. 4, p. 342-352 How to cite?
Journal: Clinical case studies 
Abstract: A Chinese woman (Mrs. L) suffering from lowbackpain was referred for psychological consultation. Subsequent investigation linked her back pain to a chronology of life events, including premarital sex, desertion, arranged marriage, and miscarriage. The therapist chose a strategic move that reframed her problems in terms of Chinese familism. Eventually, low back pain was alleviated, contingent upon an improved marital relationship and the birth of a baby boy. The case of Mrs. L highlighted the interplay between psychotherapy and cultural considerations. However, warnings were served against noncritical acceptance of broad generalization and cultural relativism.
ISSN: 1534-6501
DOI: 10.1177/153465002236509
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