Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Cultural Values in Couples and Families

  • Kiran AroraEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_474


Cultural values play a role in the everyday lives of couples and families. These values reflect a broad context of individual behaviors and are considered expressions of people and communities. Falicov (1995) defines cultural values as shared worldviews and meanings, which develop from membership and participation in numerous contexts. These contexts can include but are not limited to religion, gender, race, ethnicity, language, customs, and migration. These values create varied environments for family life. Therapists must be sensitive to values as they have implications for understanding and organizing couple and family life.

Theoretical Context for Concept

Culture is a broad based and multidimensional concept (Hardy and Laszloffy 2002). No one value adequately captures the essence of culture in its’ entirety. Cultural values are the components that make up one’s cultural experience. Therefore, examining the various dimensions of cultural values (gender, sexual...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Long Island UniversityBrooklynUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Mudita Rastogi
    • 1
  1. 1.Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Argosy UniversitySchaumburgUSA