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ERIC Number: EJ815272
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0037-8046
Exploring Cultural Tensions in Cross-Cultural Social Work Practice
Yan, Miu Chung
Social Work, v53 n4 p317-328 Oct 2008
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.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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