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Latino Cultural Values and Beliefs

Melvin Delgado

in Social Work with Latinos

Published in print August 2006 | ISBN: 9780195301182
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199863679 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301182.003.0006
Latino Cultural Values and Beliefs

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This chapter discusses the most salient and important Latino cultural values and beliefs (“spiritual beliefs” and “cultural values”). It argues that these cultural values and beliefs form a core that either directly or indirectly influences numerous other values, which in turn influence behaviors. The chapter also presents personal experiences, or stories, of how cultural values and beliefs were manifested in social work practice at the micro and macro levels. The planning of any social intervention at the micro or macro level will necessitate that these Latino values and beliefs be seriously considered.

Keywords: Latinos; culture; spiritual beliefs; social services

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