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Introduction

Mo Yee Lee and Amy Zaharlick

in Culturally Competent Research

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199846597
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199315918 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199846597.003.0001
Introduction

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This chapter explains the need for cultural competency in our growing diverse society. Noting that diversity is not limited to ethnic or racial domains, it defines diversity thoroughly and provide examples. It defines what is culturally competent research and what is not. The authors present a cultural competency continuum that shows at one end “cultural destructiveness” and at the other end “cultural proficiency.” The chapter concludes by identifying and discussing a 5-component framework for conducting culturally competent research: valuing diversity, conducting cultural self-assessment, managing the dynamics of difference, acquiring and integrating cultural knowledge, and adapting to diversity and cultural contexts.

Keywords: cultural competence; culturally competent research; diversity; cultural continuum; cultural knowledge

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