Asian Indians: Cultural Considerations for Disaster Workers

  • B.J. Prashantham
Part of the International and Cultural Psychology Series book series (ICUP)


Nonverbal Communication Asian Group Indian Culture Mental Health Worker Cultural Consideration 
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