Posted by: jlenart | December 29, 2009

ADDRESSING Framework – understanding the social construct of power

Identity is multi-factorial. How one sees oneself and one’s power and privilege is related to numerous cultural identities. Review the following model, ADDRESSING, which may assist you in understanding yourself and patients.

ADDRESSING: A model of cultural influences and their relationship to the social construct of power

Cultural characteristic Power Less power
Age Adults Children, adolescents, elders
Disability Temporarily able-bodied Persons with disabilities
Religion Christians Jews, Muslims, other non-Christian
Ethnicity Euro-American People of Color
Social Class Owning & Middle Class (access to higher ed.) Poor & Working Class
Sexual Orientation Heterosexuals Gay men, Lesbians, Bisexuals
Indigenous Background Non-native Native
National Origin U.S.born Immigrants & Refugees
Gender Male Female, Transgendered, Intersexed

Hays, P. A. (2001). Addressing Cultural Complexities in Practice: A Framework for Clinicians and Counselors. Washington, D. C. : American Psychological Association.


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