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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2013, Vol. 21 ›› Issue (9): 1660-1666.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2013.01660

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The Challenge of Traditional Value Orientation to Protection of Children's Rights in Counseling and Psychotherapy

ZHANG Tian;FU Hong   

  1. (School of Psychology, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210024, China)
  • Received:2013-01-22 Online:2013-09-15 Published:2013-09-15
  • Contact: FU Hong

Abstract: In the field of counseling and psychotherapy for children, every child has the right to receive and consent to treatment, and the right to privacy and reputation. However, as a particular group, these rights of children are ignored frequently, though the protection of clients' rights is generally accepted in the field of counseling and psychotherapy. From the aspect of Chinese culture, Chinese traditional value orientation may be one of the reasons. In China, the Chinese daily life is in favor of social orientation, which has four connotations, which are familism, relationlism, authoritarianism and otherlism. Since the modern counseling and psychotherapy is based on the western psychological theory, when propagated to China, it must be challenged by Chinese traditional value orientation. The Chinese traditional value orientation influences Chinese parents' or people's views, and thus hinders the protection of children's rights in counseling and psychotherapy.

Key words: traditional value orientation, counseling and psychotherapy for children, protection of children's rights