Ethnicity and Social Work Practice by Carole B. Cox

Ethnicity and Social Work Practice

byCarole B. Cox, Paul H. Ephross

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Increasingly, social workers are working with clients from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Because ethnicity influences social workers in myriad ways, it is important for them to have a greater understanding of ethnicity and the ways in which it can influence individuals perceptions andresponses to problems and treatment. Knowledge and understanding have therefore become critical for effective practice. However, knowledge is not the only factor necessary for establishing social work relationships with clients. To a large extent, the development of these relationships depends uponthe sensitivity of the practitioner to the culture and traditions of the client, and the ways in which these may influence behaviors. Ethnicity and Social Work Practice fills a major gap in the literature on social work and ethnicity by offering a broad, conceptual model applicable to all ethnicpopulations. It presents ethnicity in an innovative way, focusing on its many dimensions as encountered in various areas of social work practice (individuals, families, groups, and communities) and includes separate chapters on social services, healthcare, and social planning and policy development. Rather than attempting to address these issues by describing the traits of specific ethnic groups, this text presents the model of an ethnic lens. It is through this lens that ethnic groups are likely to perceive society, problems, the helping process, and the social workers who assist them. At thesame time, social work practitioners perceive various ethnic groups through their own lenses, based upon their own experiences and beliefs. The effectiveness of practice and the establishment of a valid social work relationship depends to a large extent on the clarity of these lenses. Ethnicity and Social Work Practice is careful to avoid the twin traps of stereotyping or ignoring the importance of ethnicity, presenting a comprehensive conceptual framework useful to both students and practitioners. As the text links substantive themes to the ethnic perspective, it underscoresthe critical role ethnicity plays in social work practice, making it a significant contribution to courses in social work practice, cultural diversity, and human behavior in the social environment.

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Carole Cox is at Catholic University of America. Paul H. Ephross is at University of Maryland at Baltimore.
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Title:Ethnicity and Social Work PracticeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.11 × 5.39 × 0.59 inPublished:August 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Preface1. Setting the Stage: Ethnicity in American Society2. Ethnicity and Social Work Practice with Individuals3. Ethnicity and Social Work with Groups4. Ethnicity and Families5. Ethnicity and Communities6. Ethnicity and Social Services7. Ethnicity and Health8. Ethnicity and Social Welfare Policy9. ConclusionsIndex

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"Up-to-date on issues realted to ethnicity in this country. I like the case examples and questions for discussion at the end of chapters. I especially like the discussion of ethnicity in terms of the various domains of practice: individual, family, group, and community."--Norma D. Thomas,Widener University