Integrating culturally based approaches with existing interventions for Hispanic/Latino families coping with schizophrenia

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Evidence suggests that schizophrenia is highly responsive to the sociocultural and emotional atmosphere of the family. Therapies have shown an improvement in schizophrenia symptoms following family-oriented interventions. However, most programs are developed and offered in English only, and few are culturally informed. Existing programs may fail to meet the needs of minorities, particularly Hispanics/Latinos, the largest minority group in the United States. In this article, a broad literature is reviewed, which strongly supports the integration of culturally based treatment approaches with existing psychoeducational family-focused interventions to enhance treatment programs for Hispanic/Latino patients and families coping with schizophrenia. On the basis of this conceptual integration, an intervention titled "culturally informed therapy for schizophrenia" is described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)178-197
Number of pages20
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2005


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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