ERIC Number: EJ876895
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
Cultural Considerations for Residential Treatment of Children and/or Adolescents
Holleran Steiker, Lori K.
Residential Treatment for Children & Youth, v23 n1-2 p61-74 2005
The issue of culture has been scantly addressed in the field of youth residential treatment. However, little research has explored salient aspects of youth culture in residential treatment settings. In addition to the usual definitions of culture (i.e., race, ethnicity, rural/urban, low/high income), youth often note other unique cultural variations in their existence: substances of choice and availability, language, social interactions, family interactions, preferred music, styles of interactions, and resistance strategies. Issues of "peer contagion" and counter perspectives related to the concept of Positive Peer Culture are discussed. Implications of culture in youth residential treatment are explored and recommendations for culturally grounding programs are made. The author places special emphasis on the importance of consulting with youth throughout program formation, implementation and evaluation.
Descriptors: Residential Programs, Cultural Differences, Therapy, Youth, Program Development, Peer Relationship, Individual Characteristics, Experience, Race, Ethnicity, Family (Sociological Unit), Gender Differences, Intervention
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