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International Issues, Social Class, and Counseling

Ayşe Çiftçi, Alexandra Broustovetskaia and Laura Reid

in The Oxford Handbook of Social Class in Counseling

Published in print March 2013 | ISBN: 9780195398250
Published online May 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195398250.013.0028

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

International Issues, Social Class, and Counseling

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In this chapter, we present the complexities of social class in relation to international individuals. More specifically, we present specific characteristics of different international individuals (i.e., immigrants, refugees, international students, expatriates) and factors that influence their social class worldview based on Social Class Worldview Model (Liu, 2002; Liu, Soleck, et al., 2004). Social class mobility issues, acculturation, poverty/inequality racism, prejudice, xenophobia, discrimination are some of the factors that significantly impact an international individual's social class. We provide a case example, Juan Smith who moved from the Caribbean with his family, to discuss the presented constructs and complexity of social class. Clinical considerations and recommendations for counselors are provided.

Keywords: international; counseling; social class; Caribbean; immigrants; refugees; expatriates; acculturation; social fluidity

Article.  11109 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Counselling Psychology ; Psychological Assessment and Testing ; Developmental Psychology

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