ERIC Number: ED164151
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-May-31
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Cultural Assessment Model.
The Cultural Assessment Model assumes that Chicano alcohol abusers need to recreate their self-image which has been rejected, ridiculed, and submerged through the process of oppression, thus, resulting in cultural ambivalency and paradoxical behavior. This model identifies cultural values, beliefs, and behavioral characteristics that may be causing internal stress and doubt. It also provides the counselor information concerning the individual's cultural awareness and loyalty, which are measured with a cultural assessment instrument. This scale consists of 151 questions, which comprise 6 variables: language, cultural heritage, ethnic interaction, ethnic pride and identity, ethnic distance and perceived discrimination, and generational proximity to Mexico. By means of this scale, the counselor can develop a cultural treatment plan designed to treat those variables that the client is weak in and reinforce those that are the client's strengths. The treatment plan is based on the belief that traditional methods and modalities of treating Chicano alcoholics are unsatisfactory and that more culturally relevant treating modalities are necessary. In keeping with this, the client undergoes a treatment plan which includes cultural awareness, training in self-identity and pride in self and, therefore, learns to become a productive member of his or her cultural group. This paper discusses and describes this bilingual-bicultural counseling model, cultural conflict as a probable cause for Chicano alcoholism, and Casa Del Sol's position on treatment and philosophy. (NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: National Inst. on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (DHEW/PHS), Rockville, MD.
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Identifiers - Location: Texas (San Antonio)