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A Cultural Perspective for Serving the Hispanic Client

Author: Sandoval, Mercedes C.
Date Published: 1986

In congruence with the strong family orientation, with paternalism and authoritarianism, there is, among many Hispanics, an exaggerated version and emphasis on Respect. Another philosophical orientation commonly found among Hispanics is Fatalism. Concurrent with fatalism and complementing it is the prevalent belief in the manifestation of luck as an unpredictable force which actively interferes in human life. The fatalistic stance and unabashed belief in luck are but manifestations of a mystical personalistic worldview which is prevalent in the Hispanic culture. Finally, a thorough consideration of value orientation is needed before emphasis is placed on the unique characteristics of Hispanics in relation to mental health services. There are great differences in value orientation between mainstream America and the Hispanic population.

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