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Culturally competent practice with elderly Latinos

Author: Applewhite,-Steven-Lozano
Author Background:
Date 1/1/98
Type Journal
Journal Title: Journal-of-Gerontological-Social-Work
Volume/Pages 30(1)p.1-15
Subject Matter Human Behavior
Abstract Describes a framework for culturally competent practice with elderly Latinos. It is based on the notion that the concept of culture provides insight into the dynamics of human behavior and serves as a tool for cultural intervention. Asproposed in this framework, practitioners must gain an understanding of the issues and problems facing elderly Latinos, as well as a theoretical foundation in gerontological theory, and familiarity with the principles of culturally competentsocial work practice, in order to integrate these concepts into their practice. Four major components are described as building blocks for culturally competent practice. The 1st component provides a cursory overview of the SES of elderlyLatinos, the fastest growing elderly population in the US. The 2nd component examines the bio-psychosocial aspects of aging, focusing on the issue of cultural relevance in gerontological theories. The 3rd component identifies the fundamentalprinciples of culturally competent social work practice with elderly Latinos. The final component describes the ecological perspective to exemplify the relevance of culture and ethnicity in culturally competent practice with elderly Latinos.