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Week 9 notes: South Asian, Arab, and Muslim American Clients

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Week 9 notes: South Asian, Arab, and Muslim American Clients SOCIAL WORK 3503

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Class notes from Week 9: Chapters 15 and 16. South Asian American Clients, Arab American Clients and Muslim American Clients. History, barriers etc.
Practice With Diverse Populations
Kelley Breidigan
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Arab, Muslim, clients, Asian, south asian, barriers, history, ohio state, Therapy, Social Work, OSU, week 9




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Date Created: 03/14/16
Working With Arab and Muslim American Clients Chapter 15 - Demographics o Stages of Arab migration to America  First wave (between 1890 and 1920)  Primarily Christian from Syria and Lebanon and easily assimilated  Second wave (after 1967 war between Israel and the Arab world)  Dominated by Palestinians, Egyptians, Syrians and Iraqis who had strong Arab identities  Rejection of assimilation, with cultural separatism built on political ideology  After 9/11, migration from Arab world diminished due to tightening of immigration laws  In post-9/11 U.S., Arab and Muslim Americans have experienced significant racial hatred and hate crimes o 3.5 million Arab Americans  37% are foreign born o 8.5 million Muslim Americans from 75 different countries o Combined Arab/Muslim American population is younger, more highly educated, and earns more than the average American o Difficulties faced by Arab/Muslims in adaptation in the U.S. (Abu- Baker, 2006):  Expectations to bring over and settle relatives/friends  Developing language proficiency  Conflicts between religious requirements and daily American life o Difficulties faced by Arab/Muslims in adaptation in the U.S. (Abu- Baker, 2006):  Difficulty finding jobs in their professions and losing social status  Differences in social interaction patterns between collective and individualistic cultures  Increased tensions within families related to changing behaviors and values - Family and Cultural Values o Pillars of Islam, practiced by about half of Arab Americans  Shahada: Oral testimony that there is no God but Allah, and Mohammed is his prophet  Salah: Ritual prayer performed five times per day  Siyam: Fasting during the month of Ramadan  Zakah: Giving alms to the poor  Haj: Pilgrimage to Mecca once in a lifetime o Christian Arab Americans (the other half of the Arab population)  Belong to the Monophyte tradition, believing Christ was the body and spirit of God, or of a “single nature”  Remain strongly connected to Muslim Arabs and have been on the forefront of Muslim/Arab politics o Families are patriarchal, authoritarian, and hierarchical  Specific roles given to men, women and children  Child rearing balances mild rebuke and threats with unconditional love and appreciation  Discouraged from individualism o Arabs from Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, and Jordan  Tend to be more educated  Includes the majority of Christian Arabs o Arabs from North Africa, including Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco  Primarily Muslim  Share many African traditions - Arab Ethnic Groups in the U.S. o Arabs from Saudi Arabia and Persian Gulf Countries  Primarily Muslim  Tend to be more wealthy o Muslim, non-Arab immigrants numbers are double those of Arab Muslims  Are ethnically diverse o Countries of origin include Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia), the Middle East (Turkey, Pakistan, Iran), and Africa (Kenya, Uganda) - Common Historical Experiences o America seen as hindrance to independence and national development  Also seen as powerful for scientific progress and technology o Societal problems attributed primarily to Western colonialism o Relationship between Arab/Muslim clients and Western providers may include unconscious transference, with the Arab/Muslim client viewing the Western provider as both an oppressor and a powerful superior o Immigration experience evokes mixed feelings; conflicts over varying levels of assimilation in family - Factors Influencing How Clients Seek Help o Do not believe in mind/body dualism  Experience psychological issues more holistically o Most psychological issues are accompanies by somatic complaints o Bodily complaints evoke more sympathy than emotional complaints and there is an expectation to tolerate them o Tendency to seek help from a physician first  Expect bodily cure to result in mental cure o Seeing a mental health professional is associated with madness  Called Jinnoon in Arabic o Arab/Muslim culture attributes psychological disorders to external entities called “Jin” that possess the body o Jin aligns with a tendency to attribute problems to external forces o May seek help from religious healers called Shekhes to eliminate the Jin o Cooperation with traditional healers is necessary for legitimizing client’s mental health treatment o Culture attributes psychological disorders to external entities (Jin) that possess the body  Aligns with tendency to attribute problems to external forces o May seek help from religious healers (Shekhes) to eliminate the Jin o Cooperation with traditional healers necessary for legitimizing client’s mental health treatment o Culture attributes psychological disorders to external entities (Jin) that possess the body  Aligns with tendency to attribute problems to external forces o May seek help from religious healers (Shekhes) to eliminate the Jin o Cooperation with traditional healers necessary for legitimizing client’s mental health treatment - Arab and Muslim Families and Communities o Common for Arab/Muslim families to hold more strongly to their tradition after immigration to keep it from being lost o Women tend to be more connected to traditional culture  Communication with U.S. culture is more limited o Men and children tend to become more quickly assimilated due to extensive exposure to U.S. culture in work and school - Common Problems Presented In Treatment o Psychological problems the same as those present elsewhere, but subject to cultural differences o Tendency toward presenting only somatic complaints o OCD symptoms often include religious ideas and rituals o Stress related to immigration, often addressed through family, couple or marriage counseling o Depression and anxiety in women related to homesickness and dissatisfaction with husbands absence o Issues related to youth dysfunction due to authoritarian parenting in a liberal and individualistic culture - Critical Factors in Assessment o Individuation  The degree of independence and autonomy o Ego strength  Degree of personal strength  Evaluated based on ability to withstand conflicts likely to occur o Family Strictness  Readiness for change depends on how strictly families adhere to traditional structure and norms o Indirect interventions are appropriate when levels of individualism and ego strength are low and level of family strictness is high o These interventions address conflicts symbolically through tales, myths, stories, etc., without bringing up content that is forbidden in the family o Use ‘cultural analysis’ to explore belief systems and expose inner inconsistencies  Use the oppositions to facilitate therapeutic change by highlighting new values and beliefs - Developing Rapport with Arab and Muslim Clients o Culture is authoritarian with high power distance o Therapists should find a way to join with male authority in a way that respects it o Acknowledge and respect position of male members without neglecting the needs of other family members o Inquire about and listen to concerns of figures of authority o Interview parents and children together in intake meetings to show each that you are speaking to the other without judgment and with respect - Case Example o A 23-year-old Arab Muslim woman experienced a panic attack at university o Came to clinic with her husband, who wanted her to quit school and return home o Therapist uncovered dynamic in relationship regarding the husband’s concern with the wife’s attending school and interacting with other men o The woman’s panic attack had been a result of conflict over her attraction to the social life she experienced as a student and her obligation to her family o Therapist and client used metaphors so she could become comfortable in her new role as a student, and client transferred to an Arab college Working With South Asian American Clients Chapter 16 - Demographics o South Asian Indians are second-largest Asian group in US after Chinese  Second fastest-growing after Hispanic Americans o Early immigration concentrated in the East Coast (New York and Florida)  Newer trends favor California – High Populations in Chicago and Houston o New trends see immigration to centers of the tech industry  Cities where families have est. businesses draw poorer families o Masters, doctorate, and professional degrees at 5X national avg for all Americans - Historical Factorth o Beginn 20 Century, California manual labor caused violence and discrimination o Anti-immigration laws  Naturalization rights for South Asian Indians  Luce-Cellar Act of 1946 o Two waves of immigration:  First wave occurred in 1965  Highly educated professionals  Mostly in cities, but some filled rural need for doctors and educators  More acculturated  Second wave included those with less formal education  Many were merchants and established in ethnic enclaves  More traditional - Acculturation o Varied according to education, class, caste, family size, economic support connection to traditional culture, degree of religiosity, and migration history o Tended to increase with subsequent generations in America o Conflicts between American individualism and Indian communitarianism o Career and education based on family’s financial well-being - Family Organization and Values o Hindu values are pervasive amongst South Asian Indian families and inform family structures and a communal lifestyle o Emphasis on the sacredness of life and dharma, living by prescribed rules of conduct and hierarchy within the family o Each member’s dharma is fixed by kinship individual’s stage in the life cycle o Failure to abide by one’s dharma and to make appropriate personal sacrifices is seen as bringing hardship and pain upon the family o Other important values include karma, or destiny, and caste, the hierarchal organization of human beings o The organization of family may be nuclear or may include extended families, with grandparents frequently residing or visiting with family for long periods o Families are close-knit and provide financial support when needed, especially in cases of establishing oneself after immigration o Arranged marriages are common and occur with the consent of both families after much vetting  This tradition is less apparent in second and third generations o Gender roles have historically been rigid, highly prescribed, and intolerant of women  Patterns have changed over time in both India and U.S.  Education for women traditionally seen as a way to make daughters more marketable for marriage o Two patterns of discrimination exist in the United States:  Paranoia and racial discrimination due to perceived blame for outsourcing and offshoring practices by U.S. companies  Post-9/11 attacks against South Asian Indians who were mistaken for Muslims in hate crimes - Characteristics of South Asian Americans o Incredibly diverse group o Includes individuals from countries such as Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka  Others may identify as belonging to South Asia  Many countries have had fluid borders or were not considered separate until recently  Most were, at one time, European colonies o Diverse collection of religions  Including Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, and Sikhism  Conflicts between Hindus and Muslims  Oppressive history of the Hindu caste system o Many different languages are spoken by South Asian Americans  Most widely spoken are Hindi, Bengali, and Urdu  The language spoken can be an indicator of tribal identity, religious affiliation, or familial lineage  Individuals may speak multiple languages because of the importance of knowing languages in industry and commerce and to preserve family tradition o Different groups have taken different immigration paths prior to coming to U.S.:  European colonization is one factor that has encouraged the spread of South Asians to many different locals across the world  Groups immigrated to the U.K., Fiji, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Guyana, Mauritius, and Trinidad and Tobago  These experiences and the resulting acculturation to these places adds to the diversity of South Asian Americans o The impacts of colonialism on collective histories o The importance of family and family structure o Emphasis on family name, family pride, and family legacy o Women have significant domestic and familial responsibility  Roles are changing and vary according to the conservative or progressive ideals of a particular family o Experiences on American soil lead to an emphasis on family, dating, acculturation  The same across subgroups - Names in South Asian American Sub-Groups o Not much agreement because of complex identities that exist  Some prefer references to the particular country or countries from whence their families came  Some identify by region, tribe, or caste  Some identify by their familial country as well as “American” (i.e., Pakistani American)  Some reject “South Asian” for its broadness  Preferred identifiers may change depending on context or community - History of South Asian Americans o Prior to 1965, immigrants came as students or as laborers o After the Immigrant and Nationality Act of 1965, restrictions were loosened and more South Asian immigration occurred o Reinstatement of immigration restrictions in 1990 o Immigration limited to family reunification or need for specific classifications of workers o Though there is a more visible community of South Asian Americans today, there has also been a setback since 9/11, creating fear and discriminatory experiences - Factors Influencing How Clients Seek Help o South Asian Americans do not commonly seek psychological help due to an emphasis of the family and community over the individual o Behavior of individuals reflects on the community or family as a whole o Problems can mean shame for everyone o Concern that service providers will not understand values and culture-specific issues o Level of acculturation impacts help seeking  Even those who are more acculturated may feel nervous or uncomfortable talking about family problems - Common Problems Facing South Asian Americans o Influenced by level of acculturation o Differences across generations, including misunderstandings and tension over Americanization of youth o Problems associated with identity and conflict with parents frequently experienced by second-generation adults o Family ideas of appropriate behavior and success in a new cultural terrain o Effects of socioeconomics on psychological issues may lead those who immigrated as professionals to feel stress related to achievement, believing in a model minority stereotype o Others may have few resources in the new environment, having immigrated or fled involuntarily  May be less likely to speak fluent English  May experience differing abilities to obtain high paying jobs  May end up in family businesses where they are more likely to be robbed, assaulted, or killed – leading to more stress and fear of harm in the workplace - Assessment with South Asian American Clients o Should include:  Information on exact cultural background, immigration history, religion, caste (if relevant), socioeconomic status, generational status, and influence of family/family roles  Availability of family and community support systems  Impact and experience of discrimination  Level of acculturation - Building Rapport with South Asian Clients o Should include:  A balance between being informed and being curious  Seeking consultation  Asking about specific and personal experiences of family and culture; and comfort with cross-cultural providers - Further Considerations with South Asian Clients o Effective therapeutic approaches may include those that are more medical in nature, such as CBT o Considerations include:  Psychodynamic theories and psychiatric medication are complicated subjects  Former may be experienced as uncomfortable  Latter may be less shameful since it can be externalized as a medical problem o Advice-giving may be more successful in it’s reception, but it is important to explore all aspects of the system, cultural values, and behaviors that effect the client’s life o Styles of therapy and intervention will depend on level of acculturation o Therapists should be open and self-reflective about cultural ideas - Case Example o A couple, Rani and Raj, had an arranged marriage and were living in the U.S. with Raj’s parents o Rani felt disrespected by Raj’s parents, that Raj was drinking excessively, and that he had gambled away their savings o Raj saw his behavior as normal, leading Rani to seek a medical recommendation that would encourage him to change o Couple conceptualized the problems differently, especially with regard to family dynamics, due to differing levels of acculturation o Bringing in the whole family would have been too difficult because of language/cultural barriers


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