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WHAT IS FAMILY CULTURE?
|Websters defines culture as "A particular form of civilization,
especially the beliefs, customs, arts, and institutions as a society at a given
time." Family culture is the unique way that a family forms itself in terms of
rules, roles, habits, activities, beliefs, and other areas. The racial or ethnic culture
in which a family lives may strongly influence family culture. Other families are no
longer tied to cultural norms of their ethnic or racial group. Every family is different,
every family has its own culture. What is Cultural Competence in the area of Family Culture?
As helping professionals, we are frequently asked to assist families. Often, because we do not learn the unique culture of a family, our interventions effectively ignore how this family operates. We then are sometimes puzzled why the family does not respond to services, or why their "buy-in" or cooperation is low. Culture is about differences legitimate, important differences. Cultural competence in the area of family culture occurs when we not only discover what the individual family culture of a family is, but we appreciate the cultural differences of the family.What are the Primary Areas of Family Culture?
If we are to be family culture competent, we need to find out how a family operates. Among others, we look at the following areas of focus:
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