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Psicologia, Saúde & Doenças

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POMBO, Samuel et al. Toward a cognitive-behavioral intervention culturally adapted: implications for clinical practice. Psic., Saúde & Doenças [online]. 2016, vol.17, n.3, pp.561-574. ISSN 1645-0086.

The greater the therapist's knowledge about the cultural specificities of their patients, the greater its ability to conceptualize and treat mental health problems in a culturally sensible manner. This review aims to provide a critical overview of the current knowledge on the efficacy and specificity of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies (CBT) applied to Latino populations, culturally close to the Portuguese population and to discuss possible recommendations for clinical practice. We searched the following electronic databases until June 2016: Cochrane library, Pubmed, Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection, ScienceDirect, PsycARTICLES, PePSIC (portal de Periódicos Electrónicos de Psicologia), EBSCO PUBLISHING, SciELO (Scientific Electronic Library Online), LILACS (Literatura Latino-Americana e do Caribe em Ciências da Saúde). After filtering the results, we analyzed a total of 15 empirical studies and 12 articles discussing aspects related to clinical practice. These studies emphasize the need to explicitly incorporate the cultural values of patients into CBT. They provide clinical recommendations, better adapted to the cultural context, in order to optimize mental health interventions based on CBT.

Keywords : Psychotherapy; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Cultural Specificities; Latin population; Efficacy.

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