Editors Sharon M. Ballard and Alan C. Taylor bridge the gap between research and practice by examining and presenting key strategies for working with diverse populations, including those based on race and ethnicity, family structure, geographic location, and context. By defining 11 diverse groups and presenting their strengths and unique cultural characteristics, the editors present an evidence-based practice approach with each chapter, prescribing the best practices for working with these diverse groups in regard to general family life education (FLE) needs, educator characteristics, ethical considerations, marketing and recruitment, modes of learning, and environmental considerations. This book is essential for students who are preparing to work with families, as well as professionals engaging in FLE activities with diverse populations.
Chapter 10: Family Life Education with Arab Immigrant Families
Family Life Education with Arab Immigrant Families
The portrait of Arab immigrant families presented in this chapter is intended to enhance family life educators' awareness and understanding of Middle Eastern family values, beliefs, and behaviors within the context of a strengths-oriented perspective. Our hope is to inform the development and implementation of culturally relevant family life education programs for Arab Americans. We begin by briefly identifying Arab populations and describing their migration patterns to the United States and then discuss Middle Eastern families more broadly. Next, we focus on the basic principles and processes that are critical for the implementation of culturally relevant family life education programs with Arab immigrant families. We conclude with ...