What is it about?

Patients regularly hold their own perspectives of illness. Yet having a perspective that differs from clinical knowledge can compromise culturally competent care. This article appeals to philosophy to resolve this issue and improve cultural competence in mental health.

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Why is it important?

This article argues that improving cross-cultural understanding in mental health is critical for cultural competence and mental health practice more generally.


We direct this article to the broader mental health community and hope it highlights the importance of philosophy to clinical practice

Jonathan Yahalom
University of California Los Angeles

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This page is a summary of: Cultural pragmatism: In search of alternative thinking about cultural competence in mental health., Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, June 2023, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/teo0000230.
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