ERIC Number: EJ1024673
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 85
Aversive Racism and Intergroup Contact Theories: Cultural Competence in a Segregated World
Rodenborg, Nancy A.; Boisen, Laura A.
Journal of Social Work Education, v49 n4 p564-579 2013
The United States remains highly segregated, and social work students are likely to live and work in segregated contexts. What implications does this have for their cultural competence? Does segregation affect social workers' ability to serve diverse clients without bias? This article reviews two social psychology theories, aversive racism and intergroup contact, for use by social work educators. Together, these theories suggest both the likelihood of social worker prejudice within a context of segregation and an evidence-based method for improvement. The article concludes by offering strategies for incorporating both theories in cultural competence education.
Descriptors: Social Work, Cultural Awareness, Social Psychology, Racial Bias, Racial Segregation, Intergroup Education, Racial Relations, Learning Activities, Social Justice, Social Theories, Higher Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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