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ERIC Number: EJ844335
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1540-1383
Hispanic Culture and Relational Cultural Theory
Ruiz, Elizabeth
Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, v1 n1 p33-55 2005
Traditional personality theories do not consider the impact of culture on personality development. Yet, to provide culturally relevant services to the increasing Hispanic population in the U.S., more culturally relevant theories must be identified. This paper presents Relational Cultural Theory (RCT) as an alternative model to understanding Hispanic values and personality development. The RCT concepts of mutuality, connections, growth-fostering relationships, "five good things," power over, and self-boundaries are used to describe how Hispanic values can be viewed in a more culturally relevant way. A vignette shows how clinicians can use RCT as an alternative model to provide more effective treatment in their work with Hispanic populations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A