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ERIC Number: EJ862036
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1531-3204
Diversity Practice in Social Work: Examining Theory in Practice
Davis, Tamara S.
Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work, v18 n1-2 p40-69 2009
Individualized care in children's services requires practitioners to move beyond individual worldviews to gain a cultural context for service planning and delivery to an increasingly diversifying U.S. population. As such, research is needed to empirically support diversity practice models used to prepare practitioners for cross-cultural work. This qualitative study compares family and professional perceptions of cultural competence in children's mental health systems of care to four diversity practice models advanced in social work education. While substantial overlap is identified between practice models and participant conceptualizations, comparative analysis indicates that no one model of practice wholly accounts for all concepts generated by systems of care communities. In contrast, a number of practice model emphases are not identified in community conceptualizations. Discrepancies are discussed in relation to implications for social work that may inform further development of diversity practice models for culturally responsive practice and education. (Contains 9 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A