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In the last two decades there has been a movement in the mental health field toward improved services to children and families who are members or" minority populations. Recognized as at risk and underserved, families of minority populations have repeatedly been the subjects of research and demonstration projects. Mental health professionals serving these children and families today are faced with the nagging question: "What constitutes appropriate services for minority clients?" Fortunately, the cumulative results of twenty years of work in this area are now becoming apparent. The knowledge base has grown and models for working cross-culturally have been developed and reviewed in the literature. These models have been given such labels as "ethnic-sensitive practice" (Devore & Schlesinger, 1981), "cross-cultural awareness practice" (Green, 1982), "ethnic competence" (Green, 1982), and "ethnic minority practice" (Lum, 1986). Each of these models has contributed to our understanding of the role of cultural difference in the helping process.

Publication Date

Summer 1988


Social work with youth, Minorities -- Mental health services, Young adults -- Mental health services


Social Policy | Social Welfare | Social Work


Copyright @1988 by Regional Research Institute. All Rights Reserved

Persistent Identifier

Focal Point, Volume 02 Number 04