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CHAPTER 8 MULTICULTURAL FAMILY COUNSELING AND THERAPY. Family Systems Approaches and Assumptions. Communications Approach: Family problems are communication difficulties Structural Approach: Emphasizes interlocking roles Assumptions: Separation/individuation is healthy

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CHAPTER 8MULTICULTURAL FAMILY COUNSELING AND THERAPY


Family Systems Approaches and Assumptions

  • Communications Approach: Family problems are communication difficulties

  • Structural Approach: Emphasizes interlocking roles

    Assumptions:

    • Separation/individuation is healthy

    • Egalitarian spousal relations

    • “Be your own person”


Issues in Working with Ethnic Minority Families

  • Many Black families are poor and suffer from racism and more Black males are single

  • Latinos emphasize the extended family

  • Biculturalism stressors

  • Strength through slavery

  • Native Americans—alcohol abuse

  • Language structures vary

  • Social class issues


Machismo vs. Marianismo

  • Machismo is a term used in many Latino cultures to indicate maleness, virility, and the man’s role as provider and protector

  • Marianismo derived from the cult of the Virgin Mary in that women are seen as morally and spiritually superior and capable of enduring greater suffering


Value Preference Considerations

  • Time Dimension

  • Relational Dimension

  • Activity Dimension

  • People-Nature Relationship

  • Nature of people Dimension


Implications for Practice

  • Different cultural conceptions of family

  • Families cannot be understood apart from the culture

  • Learn the definition of family for specific groups

  • Extended ties may be very important

  • Do not prejudge patriarchal relations

  • Mother role may be most important

  • Helping can take many forms—be creative


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