Date of Award


Document Type

Doctoral Research Paper

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Lynett Henderson Metzger

Second Advisor

Nai Chieh (Geri) Tien

Third Advisor

Jennifer Tippett


Grief, Bereavement, Cognitive behavioral therapy, Chinese, America, Cultural, Analysis


Anti-Asian hate as well as shifting circumstances brought on by current events all around the world highlight the increased need for mental health support and services in an ever-growing Chinese population in the United States, particularly in regard to grief work. Additionally, Chinese Americans demonstrate a disproportionate and lower utilization of mental health services, especially in comparison to the general population in the country. This paper discusses the various factors contributing to this phenomenon before presenting recommendations for culturally adapting evidence-based approaches to grieving individuals in the target population. More specifically, a cultural analysis consisting of topics such as Chinese heterogeneity, and perspectives regarding death and mental health is provided. The paper then conducts a review of evidence-based therapeutic orientations, such as cognitive behavioral therapy and solution-focused brief therapy, that have been effective for Chinese clients. The information gathered from the analysis and review are then integrated and adapted as potential strategies for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy treatment in order to best serve grieving Chinese individuals in the United States.

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