ASIAN COGNITIVE AND BEHAVIORAL THERAPY ASSOCIATION (ACBTA)
A culturally-adapted cognitive behavior therapy for children
Although cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) has been demonstrated its efficacy for anxiety disorders in children and adolescents, studies were limited in underrepresented ethnocultural groups. This presentation focuses on cultural adaptation of CBT. We investigated the efficacy of CBT for Japanese children and adolescents with anxiety disorders based on a bidirectional cultural adaptation approach. Moreover, therapy interactions among child, parent, and therapist that occurred during two CBT program in Australia and Japan were examined based on an observational coding system. Through these results, expressive cultural adaptation which can provide concrete practical suggestions from “real sessions” beyond conceptual implications will be discussed.