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Acad Psychiatry. 2004 Spring;28(1):47-55.

Addressing the effects of culture on the boundary-keeping practices of psychiatry residents educated outside of the United States.

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  • Department of Medical Humanities, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, Illinois 62794-9603, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The author sought to develop a curriculum for international medical graduate (IMG) psychiatry residents that addresses their culture-based deviations from normative boundary-keeping practices common to U.S.-based psychotherapy practices.

METHODS:

A group consisting of 12 IMG psychiatry residents and one United States graduate (USG) participated in a curriculum consisting of eight monthly, 1-hour seminars. An eight-item, Likert-type 7-point scale, post-then-pre questionnaire assessed the instructional impact of the curriculum.

RESULTS:

Responses indicated that participation in the curriculum significantly increased the IMG residents' levels of confidence with respect to boundary theory and practice.

CONCLUSION:

International medical graduates confidence levels regarding psychotherapeutic boundaries can be significantly increased through participation in a curriculum that addresses cultural differences.

PMID:
15140808
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