Loss, psychosis, and chronic suicidality in a Korean American immigrant man: Integration of cultural formulation model and multicultural case conceptualization

Munyi Shea, Lawrence H. Yang, Frederick T.L. Leong

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Culture shapes the nature, experience, and expression of psychopathology and help-seeking behavior across ethnically diverse groups. Although the study of psychopathology among Asian Americans has advanced, clinicians remain in need of culturally appropriate tools for the assessment and diagnosis of severe mental disorders including psychotic symptoms among Asian Americans. In this article, we present a brief overview of two culturally relevant conceptual tools: a) the Cultural Formulation Model, and b) the Multicultural Case Conceptualization approach. We use a case scenario to illustrate the integration of these two approaches in providing culturally responsive clinical conceptualization, assessment and treatment of a Korean American immigrant suffering from prominent psychiatric symptoms. We intend this discussion to engender further empirical work to advance our knowledge of the manifestation and experience of severe mental illness including psychotic disorders among Asian Americans, and contribute to culturally competent prevention and intervention of chronic and persistent mental illness within this group.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)212-223
Number of pages12
JournalAsian American Journal of Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2010



  • Asian American
  • cultural formulation
  • multicultural case conceptualization
  • psychosis
  • severe mental illness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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