Culturally Diverse Parent-Child and Family Relationships: A Guide for Social Workers and Other Practitioners

Culturally Diverse Parent-Child and Family Relationships: A Guide for Social Workers and Other Practitioners

Culturally Diverse Parent-Child and Family Relationships: A Guide for Social Workers and Other Practitioners

Culturally Diverse Parent-Child and Family Relationships: A Guide for Social Workers and Other Practitioners

Synopsis

In an increasingly diverse social environment, misunderstandings often arise between practitioners in the helping professions and clients from different racial and ethnic backgrounds. This book investigates the culturally specific beliefs and child-rearing practices of five major racial/ethnic groups: African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and European Americans. Analyses of case vignettes illustrate the book's dual focus on the practitioners' own views in addition to those of their culturally diverse clients. Guidelines offer suggestions for effective engagement and work with culturally diverse families.

Excerpt

Nancy Boyd Webb, Fordham University Distinguished Professor of Social Work, has made a major contribution to culturally diverse social work practice with her Culturally Diverse Parent-Child and Family Relationships: A Guide for Social Workers and Other Practitioners. She is a seasoned scholar who has written Play Therapy with Children in Crisis, Helping Bereaved Children, and her major work, Social Work Practice with Children. This latest book follows in the footsteps of previous volumes: Ho, Family Therapy with Ethnic Minorities (1987); Gibbs and Huang, Children of Color (1989); and Ho, Minority Children and Adolescents in Therapy (1992). However, unlike these works, Culturally Diverse Parent-Child and Family Relationships closely covers the interaction between ethnic parents and children and, in this sense, offers a unique and singular emphasis for social work education and practice.

Focusing on the influence of cultural factors on parent-child and family relationships, Dr. Webb makes the case for the importance of the cultural and ethnic self-awareness of the practitioner; the different cultural value beliefs and child-rearing practices of ethnic parents; and the need for an ecological-cultural perspective on development.

Dr. Webb has assembled an outstanding groupof contributors, each of whom has a particular message to impart about their topic and expertise area. Elaine P. Congress reviews the legal and ethical context and issues for children and presents the ETHIC model of decision making, which provides guidelines to measure and arrive at a basis for ethical practice. Brenda Williams-Gray offers a framework for culturally responsive practice that revolves around historical, cultural, and social-environmental factors on parent-child relationships.

The core of Culturally Diverse Parent-Child and Family Relationships is the five culture groups (African American, Latino, Native American, Asian American, and European American families), focusing on parent-child relationships and parenting patterns.

Harriette Pipes McAdoo provides essential family, parent, and child background on the dynamics of African American families. Of particular importance is her explanation of ethnic socialization, developmental stages of racial attitudes, and interactions with authority figures. Claudette P. J. Crawford-Brown and Melrose Rattray interpret the migration dilemmas of Caribbean families, especially a model of children's behavioral-

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