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Cultural Diversity in Adolescents and Counseling
This paper discusses the issue of cultural diversity among adolescents and related counseling.
# 98794 | 1,786 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2007 | US

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In this paper, the writer explains that multicultural psychology is a branch of study that focuses on cultural diversity and aims at providing strategies and solutions in dealing with racial, ethnic or cultural differences in the course of interpersonal relations. The writer discusses that traditional psychology usually studies the individual and the intra-psychic phenomena, whereas multicultural psychology focuses on the extra-psychic factors that influence the development and the social identity of a person, such as belonging to a particular culture or ethnicity. The writer points out that multicultural psychology needs to use an interdisciplinary theoretical basis and take into consideration all the factors that might influence the development of a certain individual.
The writer concludes that every ethnic group faces certain problems when trying to adapt to a different cultural space.

From the Paper:

"Multicultural competencies enable an individual to work well and interact properly in a cross cultural environment. The major and indispensable multicultural competencies are: cultural self- awareness together with cultural awareness of the others' views and attitudes, cultural knowledge including historical background, traditions and customs and cultural skills that help communication and integration in a multicultural situation. Thus, multicultural competencies consist primarily of specific cultural knowledge regarding the other ethnicities, and of an appropriate understanding of their different worldviews and attitudes. Different races and ethnicities have different perspectives on life and respect different sets of value."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Allen, I. & Pedersen, P. B. 1993. Culture-centered counseling and interviewing skills: a practical guide. Westport: Praeger.
  • Arciniega M & Arredondo, P. 2001. "Strategies and techniques for counselor training based on the multicultural counseling competencies." Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development. 29(4) 2001, p. 263- 268.
  • Brendel, J.M., Devaney, S. & Vacc, N. A. 2003. Counseling multicultural and diverse populations: strategies for practitioners. New York: Brunner Routledge.
  • Davis- Russell, E. & Persico, C.F. 2002. The California school of professional psychology handbook of multicultural education, research intervention, and training. San Francisco: Jossey Bass.
  • Mitchell, B.M & Salsbury R. E. 2000. Multicultural education in the U.S.: a guide to policies and programs in the 50 states. Westport, Greenwood Press.

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