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(p. 268) Cross-Cultural Applications of the Unified Protocol: Examples from Japan and Colombia 

(p. 268) Cross-Cultural Applications of the Unified Protocol: Examples from Japan and Colombia
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(p. 268) Cross-Cultural Applications of the Unified Protocol: Examples from Japan and Colombia
Author(s):

Amantia A. Ametaj

, Nina Wong Sarver

, Obianujunwa Anakwenze

, Masaya Ito

, Michel Rattner-Castro

, and SriRamya Potluri

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190255541.003.0016
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date: 15 June 2019

Growing evidence supports the importance of culturally adapting evidence-based interventions to increase their effectiveness and prevent treatment dropout. This chapter discusses several strategies for tailoring treatment to culturally diverse individuals and summarizes two cultural adaptations of the Unified Protocol for the Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders (UP) in two countries, Japan and Colombia. In Japan, the protocol retained a high degrees of fidelity to the original UP while being translated into Japanese, adding illustrations, and changing the structure of the treatment goals. In Colombia, the protocol was culturally adapted to treat patients suffering from the aftereffects of trauma from the armed conflict. Descriptions of the cultural adaptations made to the protocol are outlined. In addition, a case from each setting is presented to illustrate the application of these adaptations.

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