[Attitudes towards psychotherapy of young second-generation Turkish immigrants living in Germany]

Psychiatr Prax. 2007 Oct;34(7):343-8. doi: 10.1055/s-2007-986191.
[Article in German]


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.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Cross-Cultural Comparison
  • Depressive Disorder / ethnology
  • Depressive Disorder / psychology
  • Depressive Disorder / therapy
  • Emigrants and Immigrants / psychology*
  • Ethnic Groups / ethnology
  • Ethnic Groups / psychology*
  • Female
  • Germany
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care / ethnology
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care / psychology
  • Phobic Disorders / ethnology
  • Phobic Disorders / psychology
  • Phobic Disorders / therapy
  • Psychotherapy*
  • Somatoform Disorders / ethnology
  • Somatoform Disorders / psychology
  • Somatoform Disorders / therapy
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Turkey / ethnology