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2000 Jordan Institute
for Families

Vol. 2, No. 1
Winter 1997

Culture and Your Practice

  • If you have questions about a family's culture, ask them in a nonthreatening, honest manner.

  • Look for opportunities to learn about other cultures, either formally or informally.

  • Ask the family who should be involved, as this may include extended family members and friends.

  • Look closely at your own racial and cultural attitudes and values--personal biases often run deep.

  • Be careful when ascribing certain characteristics to specific groups--every individual is unique.

  • Consider the role that work, pride, and shame play.

1997 Jordan Institute for Families