ISSN 1671-3710
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›› 2010, Vol. 18 ›› Issue (9): 1481-1488.

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The Impact of the Confucian Culture to Present Mental Health Services of Chinese

LUO Ming-Chun;HUANG Xi-Ting;SU Dan   

  1. (1 School of psychology, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, China)
    (2 Yunnan University of Nationalities, Kunming 650031, China)
  • Received:2009-11-30 Revised:1900-01-01 Online:2010-09-15 Published:2010-09-15
  • Contact: HUANG Xi-Ting

Abstract: The mental health services (MHS) refers to activities for the maintenance and promotion of one’s mental health dominated by psychological theories and methods. It has a fatal connection among individual psychological factors and social-cultural factors. Chinese MHS is rooted in Chinese culture, and is itself the product of it. Confucian culture is the main stream in Chinese culture; it has representational, constructive, directive, and evoked emotions functions in the process of the MHS. And has direct or indirect impacts on personality, coping styles, and seeking-help toward attitudes and behaviors of Chinese MHS’ counselors and clients. The relationship between Chinese MHS models and the Confucian culture tradition are in fact related to etic and emic problems of Chinese culture and MHS. To construct a fitful public Chinese MHS system must consider the role and impact of Confucian culture to MHS’ idea, theories and practices.

Key words: Confucian culture, mental health, mental health services, cultural entities