A high diploma of family orientation has pros and cons that have to be viewed via the lens of the signs and the well being of the household’s functioning. One strength of families which might be very shut and attuned to one another is that they are conscious of one another’s problems and wishes and are sometimes out there for assist. However, if taken to an excessive, these households could not tolerate uniqueness so that those that do not “fit in” can be ostracized.
Further, as youth acculturate they have a tendency to reject conventional gender roles and this seems to influence women and boys in a different way. Lorenzo-Blanco et al. discovered that when girls retained conventional gender roles they reported greater household cohesion; the identical was not true for boys. These valuable bodies of knowledge often emerge and are thought of as separate, but the actual problem for the therapist is to know how they intersect and interact and especially, to not ignore one over the other. As Lopez argues in an evaluation of the Surgeon General’s report on Culture, Race and Ethnicity, too typically the place is taken that “learning ethnicity or culture was not significant, did not handle basic processes, was too political, and was too advanced” (p. 420). Two of these positions are notably common to discussions of culture, race, and ethnicity. First, it is typically argued that culture-related processes have little to do with the more established core concepts related to threat components, symptom … Read More