INTRODUCTION TO MULTICULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY
WHAT IS MULTICULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY?
The values, beliefs, and practices of a group of people, shared through symbols, and
passed down from generation to generation.
Narrow vs. broad definitions:
what counts as “culture”?
Narrow: race, ethnicity, nationality
Broad: wide range of diversity that encompasses differences beyond race,
ethnicity, and nationality
e.g., language, gender, spirituality, sexual preference, age, SES
Six uses of
in everyday language
Specific behaviors and activities associated with a culture
A group’s heritage and traditions
The rules that govern the behavior of a group
Emphasizes behavioral processes, such as learning and problem solving
Reflects the organization elements of a culture
Refers to the origins of that culture
Cultural Context of Behavior
Considers the effect of biological, psychological, and social forces on
Helps explain the effect of culture on behavior
All behavior occurs in and is impacted by a cultural context
Until recently, this has been ignored by the field