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ERIC Number: ED382904
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-May
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
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The Cultural Heritage of Arab Americans and Implications for Counseling.
Granello, Darcy Haag
Arab Americans share a culture which places religious beliefs firmly at the core of all aspects of life. A brief description of what an Arab is and the historical background of the Arab world are provided. This background is placed in context of Arabs' immigration to the United States and the views of the West by Arabs and of Arabs by Westerners. The article also describes Arab values, beliefs, and customs including the relationship of church and state, the patriarchal family structure, the role of women, and spouse selection and marital relations. Counselors working with Arab Americans benefit from an awareness of these cultural beliefs. A competent counselor could never ignore the influence of the Islamic religion in the life of an Arab. Furthermore, Western counselors must certainly be aware of the influence of family and the roles men and women are expected to play in society. Counselors also benefit from an awareness of the certain cultural differences that may stand in the way of open communication. For example, Arab Americans should be given the opportunity to meet with a same-sex counselor. (Contains 18 references.) (JE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Cultural Sensitivity