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Ethnicity and Social Work Practice$
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Carole B. Cox and Paul H. Ephross

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780195099317

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195099317.001.0001

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Ethnicity and Families

Ethnicity and Families

(p.60) 4 Ethnicity and Families
Ethnicity and Social Work Practice

Carole B. Cox

Paul H. Ephross

Oxford University Press

Families transmit culture as they socialize its members by teaching persons how to behave, speak, and feel. They transmit ethnicity as they teach children their histories and who they are. Traditional groups tend to have stricter patterns with regards to sex roles and behaviors, familial division of labor, and patriarchal power. Potential family conflict can arise from the contrast between traditional and American values. Often, children can serve as authorities as they assist parents to adapt, thus inverting traditional roles. Social workers must find commonality in working with families, with workers and family members perceiving problems through the same lens. It is equally important to engage the family early so that they can be mobilized on behalf of one of their members.

Keywords:   socialize, sex roles, family conflict, traditions, children

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