Objective: To assess the effect of cultural identification in Turkish immigrants living in Germany on attitudes towards psychotherapy.
Methods: The approach to psychotherapy of 139 Turkish immigrants and 164 Germans was examined.
Results: Overall the Turkish population reported a less positive attitude towards psychotherapy in comparison to the German population. The Turkish immigrants with a less traditional cultural background reported a more positive attitude towards psychotherapy when compared to Turkish immigrants of a more Turkish identified traditional cultural background.
Conclusion: Results suggest that culture-specific factors affect attitudes towards psychotherapy in Turkish immigrants, which indicates a need for intercultural psychotherapeutic education.