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J Psychother Pract Res. 2001 Fall;10(4):246-52.

Ethnocultural allodynia.

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Transcultural Mental Health Institute, Washington, DC 20037, USA.

Abstract

The authors introduce and define ethnocultural allodynia as an abnormally increased sensitivity to relatively innocuous or neutral stimuli resulting from previous exposure to painful culturally based situations. Ethnocultural, gender-specific, and cognitive-behavioral techniques are used in clinical vignettes to illustrate the pervasive ethnic, racial, and gender effects of ethnocultural allodynia in the lives of people of color. Therapy components for the treatment of ethnocultural allodynia are described, including psychoeducation regarding racism and its sequelae, racial socialization, inoculation, and racial stress management.

PMID:
11696651
PMCID:
PMC3330674
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