Hodges and Oei have explored the conceptual compatibility between the distinctive processes of Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT) - an evidence-based western method of psychotherapy - and the common values of Chinese Culture that is rooted in three systems Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism pervading the Chinese way of living. Can CBT be successfully applied to the Chinese population - can a knife and fork be used to eat fried rice? In order to answer such a question, the distinctive processes attributed to CBT, as summarized by Blagys and Hilsenroth (2002), and the core values of Chinese Culture, determined through an integration of The Hofstede Project (1980), The Chinese Value Survey (1987) and The Schwartz Value Survey (1994), were used. A strong degree of compatibility between the two was found. Future recommendations for increasing the compatibility of CBT to Chinese culture are made.
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