TITLE

Exploring Cultural Tensions in Cross-Cultural Social Work Practice

AUTHOR(S)
Miu Chung Yan
PUB. DATE
October 2008
SOURCE
Social Work;Oct2008, Vol. 53 Issue 4, p317
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Discussion of cultural tension in the social work literature is piecemeal. As part of a grounded theory study, this article reports some major findings on cultural tensions experienced by 30 frontline social workers. Cultural tensions caused by cultural similarities and differences among social workers, clients, organizations, and society are multifaceted. Social workers, however, are always at the center of the tensions. Findings indicate that the social work profession may need to consider the neutrality claim of the profession, the different experience of ethnic minority social workers, and the need of critical reflexivity for reflective practitioners. Implications for social work practice, social work education for ethnic minority social workers, and social work research are discussed.
ACCESSION #
34765373

 

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