Off-campus Pacific University users: To download campus access theses and dissertations, please log into our proxy server with your PUNet ID and password.

Non-Pacific University users: Please talk to your librarian about requesting this thesis or dissertation through interlibrary loan.

Theses or dissertations that have a specific embargo period indicated below will not be available to anyone until the date indicated.

Date of Award

7-24-2002

Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Psychology

Committee Chair

Daniel McKitrick, PhD

Abstract

This critical literature review examines the related cross-cultural issues linked to the traditional form of Morita therapy, as it has been adapted to western contexts. Some differences between Japanese and Western cultures are explored to determine whether Morita therapy techniques can be used with Western clients. Two essential questions are addressed: How can Morita therapy be adapted into a western context? How can Western mental health professionals be adaptive, flexible, and culturally sensitive when using Morita therapy? The author looks at Eastern versus Western philosophical approaches and Morita therapy being used with inpatient and outpatient clients in Japan and outpatient settings in Western cultures to help answer the first question. ·The second question is reviewed by addressing literature looking at how Morita therapy and Western psychotherapy models are similar and different. The author also explores literature discussing the client-therapist relationship to help answer the second question. A discussion outlining the possible answers to the above questions and suggestions for future research is presented.

Share

COinS