Cultural Diversity and Multicultural Psychology Analytical Essay by Spirittalk

Looks at multicultural psychology as a necessary tool in an increasingly culturally diverse society.
# 150365 | 1,225 words | 11 sources | 2012 | US
Published on Feb 04, 2012 in Psychology (Social) , Ethnic Studies (General) , Sociology (Multiculturalism)

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This paper explains that multiculturalism, the study of human behavior occurring among societies with people of diverse cultural backgrounds, enriches personal interactions that enhance the self worth of the individual and the group. Next, the author underscores that not only have these multicultural individuals and groups been neglected by psychological science but also the universalist approach of contemporary conventional psychology is culturally imperialistic and harmful to individuals and groups. The paper concludes that the rationale of multicultural psychology offers a new perspective that increases the understanding of these differences between individuals leading to a richer and more cohesive society.

Table of Contents:
Multicultural Psychology Defined
History of Multicultural Psychology
The Rationale for the Establishment of Multicultural Psychology as a Subspecialty of Psychology

From the Paper:

"Culture is used to explain a wide variety of structures, behaviors, and issues; multicultural psychology encompasses a wide range of those issues including multicultural competence, stereotyping, prejudice, acculturation, and racial identity development. The focus of multicultural psychology is on the differences between individuals and not the similarities as with conventional psychological research; however, this is not to suggest that the relationship between psychological science and multicultural psychology is tenuous.
"By definition, multicultural psychology aids in the understanding of the ethnic and racial identity statuses of individuals who can assist mental health professionals in understanding the identity statuses of clients that can help mental health professionals to concentrate on universal problems that are factors in mental health issues; therefore, the research provided by multicultural psychology is employed to expand psychological science in a more inclusive manner and by way of both conventional and nonconventional methodologies. The goal of multicultural psychology is not limited to improving the understanding of multiple cultures but also increasing the understanding of self with regard counseling and multicultural competency. This is the foundation of this relatively new domain that views psychological phenomenon as both universal and culture-specific with a focus on the cultural-specific aspect. Here lies the dissonance between the rich history of conventional psychology and the new perspective of multicultural psychology."

Sample of Sources Used:

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