Essay on Multicultural Psychology

1159 Words Nov 6th, 2010 5 Pages
Multicultural Psychology
Anthony Stamatouras
University of Phoenix

May 3, 2010

Multicultural Psychology Multicultural psychology is something that is relevant in this day and age. Today, with a vast number of people of different minority attachments living together, the idea of multicultural psychology is a good thing. Multicultural psychology is a discipline that is closely related to cross-cultural psychology and in fact is difficult to make that distinction ( Weiner, Freedheim, Schinka, &Gallagher, 2003). Multicultural psychology focuses on individuals with ethnic or minority backgrounds and is important in the field of psychology today. What is multicultural psychology exactly? The psychology department of Wheaton
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This attention on consciousness raising and culturally relevant content was meant to increase the multicultural sensitivity and cultural knowledge of counselors and psychologists" (Reynolds & Constantine, 2004, p.346). The beginnings of multicultural psychology were really accidental. There was attention to special needs due to necessity. There might for example be a marriage that includes two cultures and there is a clash between families. There might be a situation where someone who is in a minority group feels conflict about his or her identity. Certainly, attention should be paid to cultural differences and how an individual embraces his or her own cultural identity. While psychology did turn to differentiating culture, others in the field were concerned that an emphasis on a racial group for example might encourage stereotypes (Reynolds & Constantine, 2004). There is still a need for more research and training in the field, but multicultural psychology has come a long way and it has place it’s self among the forces of psychology. Criticism has emerged in respect to this specialty. However, there does seem to be a rationale for distinguishing multicultural psychology from ordinary psychology because individuals who seek help for their problems need certain issues addressed. A psychologist without experience in

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