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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


Evidence-based psychotherapy, Psychotherapy-Evaluation, Minorities-Mental health services, Cross-cultural counseling, Psychiatry, Transcultural, Evidence-based practice (EBP), Mental health, Ethnic minorities


This mixed-method exploratory study attempted to examine the efficacy of evidence-based practice (EBP) in mental health treatment of diverse ethnic minorities. The study utilized an online survey consisting of demographic, multiple-choice and narrative questions. Twenty-one clinicians who utilized EBP interventions in their clinical practice completed this survey. The current EBP research lacks equal representation of ethnic minorities in the study populations. EBPs are increasingly mandated through agency policy and legislation (Carter, 2008). While broad claims are sometimes made that such interventions will "work" for everyone, it is noteworthy that diverse ethnic minorities are often not included in much of the EBP research. In addition, little has been done to remedy this disparity. The major findings were that many clinicians felt that the success of EBPs in mental health treatment of ethnic minorities to be only effective "sometimes." Participants noted that cultural modifications played a crucial role on the efficacy of EBP interventions. Future research designed to examine the role of how culture impacts efficacy and ways to account for cultural difference could add to our knowledge base.




vi, 72 p. Thesis (M.S.W.)--Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Mass., 2009. Includes bibliographical references (p. 59-61)