Multicultural Psychology

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Multicultural Psychology

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Multicultural Psychology Paper
Multicultural Psychology 535
Dr. V. Carter
University Of Phoenix
Rinita Mazumdar

Multicultural Psychology Paper
Prepare a 1,050 to 1,400-word paper in which you examine multicultural psychology. In your paper, address the following items:
1)    Define multicultural psychology
2)    Provide a brief history of multicultural psychology
3)    Provide a rationale for the establishment of multicultural psychology as a subspecialty of psychology
 
Multicultural psychology is the study of the influences of culture on human personality, development, and behavior. The primary difference between traditional and multicultural psychology is as follows: traditional psychology assumes that theories about human behavior and personality are universally true, whereas multicultural psychology holds that theories about human behavior and personalities are both universal as well as culture specific. Further, multicultural psychology inquires into how identities like gender, socio-economic status, race, sexual orientation, disabilities, religious affiliation contribute to the development of the self.

Before 1960s cultural issues were virtually absent from psychological research (Nagayama Hall, 2010). Influenced by Freud’s theory of personality and development, anthropologists like Mead (1928), Benedict (1946), Kardiner (1945), and Linton (1945) suggested the influence of...