Therapeutic recreation (TR) specialists are provided with information on multicultural awareness. Suggestions are given for increasing sensitivity to differences among cultural groups in a pluralistic society. Attention is directed to the vocabulary of multiculturalism. Terms used often in writings on diversity are defined and explained: “race,” “ethnicity,” “minority,” “culture,” “acculturation,” “diversity,” “cultural diversity,” and “stigma.” TR specialists are advised to follow the revised APA guidelines by identifying and acknowledging the cultural diversity of participants described in their writings. In addition, specific, practical suggestions are given for providing culturally sensitive TR services. TR professionals are encouraged to (a) examine biases, (b) learn about the community, (c) examine language, (d) think about families, and (e) learn about individuals from diverse groups.
Author Kathleen Sheldon, John Dattilo
Volume Vol 31, No 3 (1997)