‘All other things being equal’: Conducting cross-cultural research in counselling psychology

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With multicultural competence, social justice, and methodical diversity which lie at the core of counselling psychology identity, Canadian counselling psychology is well-positioned to conduct cross-cultural research in a non-colonial, socially just manner. In this paper, we will use my own cross-cultural grief research as a means to discuss the challenges and issues that researchers need to navigate in the research process. This includes the assumption of ceteris paribus––all things being equal––that underlies cross-cultural quantitative research. Overall, we argue for critical cross-cultural research that fits with the ethos of Canadian counselling psychology: one that reveals Eurocentric, ethnocentric, and individualistic assumptions in psychology knowledge.
counselling psychology, cross-cultural psychology, internationalization, international research, grief, persistent complex bereavement disorder
Wada. K., & Suzuki, H. (2019). ‘All other things being equal’: Conducting crosscultural research in counselling psychology. Proceedings from the 2018 Canadian Counselling Psychology Conference, 162-175.