ERIC Number: EJ695975
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan
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Working with Hindu Clients in a Spiritually Sensitive Manner
Hodge, David R.
Social Work, v49 n1 p27 Jan 2004
Although social work is witnessing growing interest in spiritual and religious issues, little guidance has appeared in the literature to assist practitioners in addressing the unique spirituality of rapidly increasing non-Western populations. This article discusses the significant cultural/spiritual beliefs, practices, and values of Hindus, the largest Asian religion in the United States. Possible conflicts emanating from the lack of congruence between the values of Hindu consumers, derived from the dharma -- the sacred moral order -- and the values of social workers, derived from a Western Enlightenment discourse, are highlighted. The author offers practice-oriented suggestions to facilitate cultural sensitivity and to further integrate the spiritual strengths of Hindus into the clinical dialogue.
Descriptors: Social Work, Religion, Religious Factors, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Relevance, Caseworker Approach, Social Values, Moral Values, Cultural Context, Cultural Influences
National Association of Social Workers, 750 First Street, NE, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20002. Web site: http://www.naswdc.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: United States