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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Understanding and responding to culturally based spiritual phenomena among Latino clinicians
by Lopez, Denise Elizabeth, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2009, 99; 1472326
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine how clinicians from a traditional Latino cultural and spiritual background understand and respond to the culturally based spiritual phenomena presented by their Latino clients in the clinical setting. The research questions were based on an exploratory design and presented in focus groups that consisted of clinicians who were familiar with Latino languages, cultures, and spiritualities.

The results of the study revealed that even though the Latino clinicians were able to identify culturally based spiritual phenomena displayed by their Latino clients, the Latino clients continued to feel misunderstood and misdiagnosed. A general theme among the participants was having a challenge to include traditional beliefs and spiritualities into the clinical setting due to ethical concerns and a lack of training about addressing religious values.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Nagai, Chikako
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 48/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Social work, Spirituality, Hispanic American studies
Publication Number: 1472326
ISBN: 978-1-109-47304-9
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