Developing Cross-cultural Competence

Developing Cross-cultural Competence

A Guide for Working With Children and Their Families

Book - 2011 | 4th ed.
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Lynch (special education, San Diego State U.) and Hanson (special education, San Francisco State U.) assemble 13 chapters by specialists in psychology, special education, social work, and other fields--many of whom are bicultural or bilingual--who describe recommended practices in human services, literature on intercultural effectiveness, and other information to help professionals who provide educational, health care, and social services to families of children with special needs develop interventions that are culturally competent. After discussing issues surrounding working with these families, they provide cultural information about major groups in the US, including their history, values, and beliefs; issues related to child rearing, family, health and healing, developmental risk, and disability; and customs, events and holidays, and vocabulary. This edition has four new contributors and has been updated and expanded. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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As the U.S. population grows more and more diverse, how can professionals who work with young children and families deliver the best services while honoring different customs, beliefs, and values? The answers are in the fourth edition of this bestselling textbook, fully revised to reflect nearly a decade of population changes and best practices in culturally competent service delivery.

The gold-standard text on cross-cultural competence, this book has been widely adopted by college faculty and trusted as a reference by in-service practitioners for almost 20 years. For this timely NEW edition, the highly regarded authors have carefully updated and expanded every chapter while retaining the basic approach and structure that made the previous editions so popular. Professionals will

  • Get a primer on cultural competence. Readers will examine how their own cultural values and beliefs shape their professional practice, how the worldviews of diverse families may affect their perceptions of programs and services, and how providers can communicate more effectively with families from different cultural backgrounds.
  • Deepen their understanding of cultural groups. Learn from in-depth chapters with nuanced, multifaceted explorations of nine different cultural backgrounds: Anglo-European, American Indian, African American, Latino, Asian, Filipino, Native Hawaiian and Samoan, Middle Eastern, and South Asian. Readers will get up-to-date insights on history, demographics, traditions, values, and family structure, and they'll examine the diverse ways each culture approaches child rearing, medical care, education, and disability.
  • Discover better ways to serve families. Readers will get concrete recommendations for providing more effective, sensitive, and culturally competent services to children and families. They'll find practical guidance for every step in the service delivery process, from initiating contact with families to implementing and evaluating services. Vivid case stories and photos bring the principles of cultural competence to life, and the helpful appendixes give professionals quick access to cultural courtesies and customs, key vocabulary words, significant cultural events and holidays, and more. Plus an expanded list of resources points readers to books, films, theater, and other media that will enhance their understanding of other cultures.

New to this edition is a revised chapter on African American roots; thoroughly updated and expanded chapters; expanded coverage of disabilities; more on spiritual and religious diversity; and strategies for helping families make decisions about language use (English-only vs. preservation of native language).

Equally valuable as a textbook and a reference for practicing professionals, this comprehensive book will prepare early interventionists and other professionals to work effectively with families whose customs, beliefs, and values may differ from their own.

The gold-standard text on cross-cultural competence, the fourth edition of this trusted bestseller prepares professionals to honor different customs, beliefs, and value systems as they work with young children and families.

Publisher: Baltimore, Md. : Paul H. Brookes Pub., c2011.
Edition: 4th ed.
ISBN: 9781598571639
Characteristics: xx, 546 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Lynch, Eleanor W.
Hanson, Marci J.


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