Considering Context and Culture in Child Protection Services to Ethnically Diverse Families: An Example From Research With Parents From the Indian Subcontinent (South Asians)

Maiter, Sarah
April 2004
Journal of Social Work Research & Evaluation;Spring/Summer2004, Vol. 5 Issue 1, p63
Academic Journal
This article presents a study on child protection services particularly among South Asians. Earlier studies of child maltreatment and ethnic and racial diversity primarily focused on cultural differences in definitions of child maltreatment, generally using vignettes to elicit these differences. A mixed method research approach was developed for this study to gain an understanding of issues relating to cultural competence that would go beyond definitional issues. Careful consideration was given to the selection of participants for the study so that a wide variety of South Asians would be represented in the sample. Only people who had migrated to Canada directly from the South Asian subcontinent and who identified themselves as South Asian were included. South Asians who had migrated to Canada from other parts of the world were not included because of the possibility of additional cultural influences. The length of residence in Canada was set at 12 years or less because it provides a greater opportunity to elicit responses that are uniquely South Asian.


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