This comprehensive, practical resource provides specific strategies for counsellors working with boys and male adolescents from different cultural backgrounds. The first part examines how psychological, career and athletic development of boys is shaped by a complex interaction of biological, social, cultural and economic forces. TheSecond Part covers cultural considerations when counselling particular North American client groups, such as Hispanic-Americans. The final part focuses on special populations such as gay, sexually abused and developmentally disabled boys.
Chapter 9: Counseling Non-Hispanic White Boys
Counseling Non-Hispanic White Boys
One of the most perplexing conundrums about discussions of culture and counseling pertains to how one should talk about and treat Caucasian boys of non-Hispanic, European ancestry who reside in the United States. For starters, there is no simple way to either categorize or label this population. Although many demographers refer to this population as “Whites,” such a labeling clearly is inadequate for discussions of culture because large numbers of Hispanics consider themselves to be “White” but culturally different from other Whites who are non-Hispanic and because there is great cultural variability among the tens of millions of Whites who are non-Hispanic. With regard to the latter, Axelson (1999) has observed that the cultural heritage of ...