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date: 27 November 2022



  • Othelia Eun-Kyoung LeeOthelia Eun-Kyoung LeeUniversity of North Carolina, Charlotte
  •  and Ruth G. McRoyRuth G. McRoyBoston College and University of Texas at Austin, Emerita


We define the concept of multiculturalism and explains, from a historical and contemporary perspective, its evolution and significance in social work. The relationship between multiculturalism and socioeconomic justice, oppression, populations at risk, health disparities, and discrimination is explained. The importance of preparatory training for social workers to gain more knowledge about multicultural communities is highlighted and examples are provided of specific cross-cultural training models. Implications of multiculturalism for clinical practice and policy development are discussed.


  • Populations and Practice Settings
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Culture

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