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The effects on clinician identification when clinician and client share a common ethnic minority background

Author: Maki, M.T
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Date 1/1/99
Type Journal
Journal Title: Journal-of-Multicultural-Social-Work
Volume/Pages 7(1/2): 57-72
Publisher
Subject Matter Asian Pacific Islander
Population
Pedagogies
Abstract A quasi-experimental study addressed the question of whether clinician identification with the client differs in therapeutic dyads in which clinician and client are from the same ethnic minority background than in therapeutic dyads in which clinician and client are from a different ethnic background. An availability sampling plan was used to obtain a sample of 60 Japanese American and 60 white social workers. Subjects watched one of two videotaped vignettes of either a Japanese American or white client. An identification inventory was used to measure range and intensity of identification. Findings demonstrated that match of ethnic minority background heightened range and intensity of identification. Additionally, match of generation, place of origin, and assimilation level also increased the respondent s identification with the client. Furthermore, feelings of vulnerability, a concern of overidentifying, and an added sense of investment occurred more frequently when the respondent and vignette client were from the same ethnic minority background. (Journal abstract.)
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