Below is a classified list of selected published books, chapters of books and articles in the field of culturally competent family therapy. It covers the years 1980 to 1998. The literature's search was aided by computerized data bases covering the fields of psychology, psychiatry, sociology and anthropology, linguistics and education. It tracked down nearly four hundred relevant items.
Characteristically, works of this kind have the nature of a manifesto, persuading the readers of the importance of the new pursuit and sketching a rough plan for its further development. Most of these contributions start by expressing discontent at the omission of cultural relativity from current theories and methods of family therapy. They point out the ethnocentric nature of family therapy: "Research, theories and therapeutic techniques are consistently based on a monocultural, Eurocentric approach, which continually highlights American mainstream values" ( Gardano, Davis and Jones, 1994). The argument is put forward, that both theory and techniques should be varied to accommodate the needs of families of various ethnic, religious and socioeconomic communities. Then the main categories of data that should be included in a culturally sensitive diagnostic family evaluation are listed. This is followed by attempts to identify the major culturally influenced sources of dysfunction. Finally, the principal considerations in designing and carrying out culturally sensitive interventions are specified.
Sources: McGoldrick, Pearce and Giordano, 1982; Schwartzman, 1982; Spiegel, 1982; McGill, 1983; London and Devore, 1988; Karrer, 1989; Ramondo, 1991; Anderson, 1992; Comas-Diaz, 1993; Gardano, Davis and Jones, 1994; Martinez, 1994; Kaslow, Celano and Dreelin, 1995; Fontes and Thomas, 1996; Pare, 1996; DiNicola, 1997; Gopaul-McNicol, 1997.
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Publication information: Book title: Culturally Competent Family Therapy:A General Model. Contributors: Shlomo Ariel - Author. Publisher: Praeger Publishers. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 1999. Page number: 215.
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