Cultural competence: An ethical requirement

Paula Allen-Meares

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With the increasing diversity in America, it is not only crucial, but ethically imperative, that social workers understand and appreciate cultural norms and variations in their consideration of the whole person. This article defines cultural competence, details related ethical requirements, and examines its importance to social work practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-92
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Cultural competence
  • Ethics
  • Social work practice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Health(social science)


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