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
Dissertation (On-Campus Access Only)
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
Since the end of the Cultural Revolution in 1977, important changes in the sociopolitical fabric of the People's Republic of China have created new cultural and psychological challenges for the country. These changes are described and the impact of economic reforms upon social welfare services is presented. Three culture-specific psychosocial challenges (changes in family relations and childrearing, the influx of non-indigenous cultural phenomena, intergenerational differences in ideals and values) have created new areas of psychological study. Research on the prevalence of mental disorders in China is presented. The urban community mental health system in China's largest city, Shanghai, is described and general trends in urban service delivery are presented. The paper concludes that there is a clearly documented need for training Chinese psychological service providers in Westerm methods of psychosocial rehabilitation. Preliminary areas for curriculum content are presented and other relevent training aspects are considered for creating a graduate level psychology training program for Chinese students with the intent of having them return to China to apply their skills and expertise as they see fit.
Dillworth, John Mark (1998). Psychosocial challenges in the People's Republic of China : Implications for cross-cultural training (Doctoral dissertation, Pacific University). Retrieved from: