Effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Asian American Patients in an Acute Psychiatric Partial Hospital Program

Jennifer Tang, Chieh Li, Rachel Rogers, Mary Ballou


Previous studies have suggested that Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) would be a compatible treatment for Asian mental health patients; however, there is a dearth of empirical research on the use of CBT in clinical treatment. This is the first study that examined the effectiveness of CBT on the psychiatric symptom severity of depression, anxiety, psychological well-being, and quality of life for Asian American patients in naturalistic settings. Fourteen males and 29 females, ages 18 to 40, received intensive CBT treatment in an acute psychiatric partial hospital. The Behavior and Symptom Identification Scale-24 (BASIS-24) was used to assess functioning level, the Center for the Epidemiological Studies of Depression- 10 (CESD-10) was used to measure depression, the Penn State Worry Questionnaire-Abbreviated (PSWQ- A) was used to measure anxiety level, and the Schwartz Outcome Scale (SOS) was used to assess overall psychological health at pre- and post-test. Repeated measure t-tests were performed to examine change in symptom severity and overall psychological health from pre to post-CBT treatment. Results revealed significant decreases in levels of depression and anxiety symptom and increases in psychological well-being and overall functioning level after treatment (all ps < .001). Thus, the findings provided support for the effectiveness of CBT as a treatment for Asian American patients within an acute psychiatric partial hospital. 


cognitive behavioral therapy, Asian American, partial hospital, empirically supported treatment, treatment outcomes

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