In Thailand, as in most countries, mental health treatment is focused on a medical model. A new approach using Gender-Sensitive Empowerment Counseling as a form of intervention for women with depression was employed in this study. This qualitative study describes clients’ perspectives on receiving Gender-Sensitive Empowerment Counseling. Participants were fourteen women with depression who received empowerment counseling. In-depth interviews were used for data collection. Data analysis is content analysis. Five themes emerged: attitude change, feeling empowered, self-confidence, becoming more assertive, and greater self-love. Health care policy and service should integrate gender analysis and empowerment into the treatment modality. Supporting gender-sensitive workshops for therapists is significant for working with women with depression.
Rungreangkulkij, Somporn; Kaewjanta, Netchanok; Kotnara, Ingkata; and Saithanu, Kesorn
Voices of Thai Women Who Received Gender-Sensitive Empowerment Counseling.
Journal of International Women's Studies, 22(1), 330-340.
Available at: https://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol22/iss1/19