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Psychology, Multicultural

  • By: Cheryl L. Wu & Nancy C. Grant
  • In: The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia
  • Edited by: Genie Gertz & Patrick Boudreault
  • Subject:Physical Disabilities, Otorhinolaryngology (Ears, Nose, & Throat)

The study and practice of multicultural psychology is concerned with the intersections of an individual’s multiple identities in the context of multiple cultures and with how those interconnections have an impact on perception, understanding, and behavior. Multicultural psychology looks at what everyone involved brings to the table and works toward inclusive and equitable interaction, from first encounter, to problem definition, to assessment and planning of intervention and prevention treatment, and to resolution that incorporates strategies for change. A multicultural psychologist is a professional who explores and understands his or her own identity and biases, who consciously works toward building his or her knowledge of different cultural groups, who develops and adapts his or her skills in order to engage clients and colleagues, and who seeks ...

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