Style matters : toward a culturally relevant framework for interventions with African American families (Chapter 15 in African American family life : ecological and cultural diversity).
Stevenson, Howard C. Winn, Donna-Marie. Walker-Barnes, Chanequa. Coard, Stephanie I.
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This chapter explores those elements of therapeutic style and context that maximize the potential healing of African American families. It begins by discussing how the effectiveness of mainstream psychological practice with African Americans is hampered by therapists' ignorance of African American social experiences. Five modes of behavioral expression or style are then described that should be integrated into prevention and intervention efforts with African Americans in order to maximize their efficacy. Finally, specific constructs, practices, and policies are outlined that are fundamental to a culturally relevant framework, along with ways to integrate these notions of style into clinical practice. Numerous references. (Author abstract modified)
African Americans; cultural factors; family life; cultural competency; intervention