Multicultural Psychology

  • Greg Bohall
  • Mary-Jo Bautista


As with most considerations in the previous chapters, the concepts, theories, and ideas presented in this chapter have personal and professional development implications. On the personal development side, committing to a lifelong journey of personal exploration of differences opens the doors to not only a better understanding of the self but an improved understanding of the human condition as well. Educational and experiential training allow the individual to be exposed to diversity in order to best understand another individual’s experience. Solely on the professional development side, the ability to tailor interventions to diverse populations based on your personal exploration is necessary. Although this chapter serves as a valuable resource in relating multiculturalism to personal and professional development, this is not meant to be an all-inclusive source in the field of multicultural psychology. In this chapter, we first outline concepts, define key terms, and provide ethical guidelines and information in multicultural psychology to improve understanding in this area. Next, we review discrimination and provide an evolution of racial discrimination to best understand the different forms that it undertakes. Although the focus is on racial discrimination, the ideas can be considered when looking at other discriminatory behaviors. The focus is then shifted to the exploration of self; in this area, we review diversity variables and facilitate this personal exploration through the lens of cultural self-identity and worldview. After this personal exploration, we review components of what we call “active cultural competency” or an immersion-focused experiential way of understanding a population. The chapter is concluded with a listing of diverse organizations and academic journals followed by the identification of influential leaders in the field of multicultural psychology.


Multicultural psychology Cultural competence Color-blind racial ideology Worldview Discrimination 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Greg Bohall
    • 1
  • Mary-Jo Bautista
    • 2
  1. 1.CHE Behavioral Health ServicesLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.BellflowerUSA

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