‘Editorial Perspective: Adapting western psychological interventions for children and adolescents in LMICs: lessons from Nepal’
Open Access paper from the JCPP
Nepal is a low-middle income country which is considered to be a collectivist culture and has a significant mental health treatment gap for young people. The dominant approach in the global mental health literature has been to import western treatments with varying degrees of cultural adaptation. We argue that this approach is at best cost-ineffective, and at worst harmful, particularly where young people receive interventions outside of their community. The existing literature suggests that the type of intervention delivered, is of less importance than the situating of it within a young person’s community, and that leveraging existing cultural resources for resilience within a community, may ultimately be of more benefit than the translating and delivering western ones.
Authors: Adele Pacini, Prithvi Shrestha
First published: 22 August 2023
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