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Date of Award


Degree Type

Dissertation (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Committee Chair

Daniel McKitrick

Second Advisor

James Lane

Third Advisor

Michel Hersen


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.