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How Do You Relate to Various Groups of People in the Society?

Reprinted with permission from: Randall-David E. 1989. Strategies for working with culturally diverse communities and clients. Washington (DC): Association for the Care of Children's Health. p 7-9.

Described below are different levels of response you might have towards a person.

Level of Response

  1. Greet: I feel I can greet this person warmly and welcome him or her sincerely.
  2. Accept: I feel I can honestly accept this person as he or she is and be comfortable enough to listen to his or her problems.
  3. Help: I feel I would genuinely try to help this person with his or her problems as they might relate to or arise from the label-stereotype given to him or her.
  4. Background: I feel I have the background of knowledge and/or experience to be able to help this person.
  5. Advocate: I feel I could honestly be an advocate for this person.

The follow is a list of individuals. Read down the list and place a check mark by anyone you would not "greet" or would hesitate to "greet." Then move to response level 2, "accept," and follow the same procedure. Try to respond honestly, not as you think might be socially or professionally desireable. Your answers are only for your personal use in clarifying your initial reactions to different people.

Individual 1
Greet
2
Accept
3
Help
4
Background
5
Advocate
1. Haitian     
2. Child Abuser     
3. Jew     
4. Person with Hemophilia     
5. Neo-Nazi     
6. Mexican American     
7. IV drug user     
8. Catholic     
9. Senile, elderly person     
10. Teamster Union member     
11. Native American     
12. Prostitute     
13. Jehova's Witness     
14. Cerebral palsied person     
15. ERA proponent     
16. Vietnamese American     
17. Gay/Lesbian     
18. Athiest     
19. Person with AIDS     
20. Communist     
21. Black American     
22. Unmarried expectant teenager     
23. Protestant     
24. Amputee     
25. Klu Klux Klansmen     
26. White Anglo-Saxon     
27. Alcoholic     
28. Amish Person     
29. Person with cancer     
30. Nuclear armament proponent     

Scoring Guide

The previous activity may help you anticipate difficulty in working with some clients at various levels. The thirty types of individuals can be grouped into five categories: ethnic/racial, social issues/problems, religious, physically/mentally handicapped, and political. Transfer you check marks to the following form. If you have a concentration of checks within a specific category of individuals or at specific levels, this may indicate a conflict that could hinder you from rendering effective professional help.

Ethnic/Racial
Individual 1
Greet
2
Accept
3
Help
4
Background
5
Advocate
1. Haitian     
6. Mexican American     
11. Native American     
16. Vietnamese American     
21. Black American     
26. White Anglo-Saxon     
Social Issues/Problems
Individual 1
Greet
2
Accept
3
Help
4
Background
5
Advocate
2. Child Abuser     
7. IV drug user     
12. Prostitute     
17. Gay/Lesbian     
22. Unmarried expectant teenager     
27. Alcoholic     
Religious
Individual 1
Greet
2
Accept
3
Help
4
Background
5
Advocate
3. Jew     
8. Catholic     
13. Jehova's Witness     
18. Atheist     
23. Protestant     
28. Amish person     
Physically/Mentally Handicapped
Individual 1
Greet
2
Accept
3
Help
4
Background
5
Advocate
4. Person with Hemophilia     
9. Senile elderly person     
14. Cerebral palsied person     
19. Person with AIDS     
24. Amputee     
29. Person with cancer     
Political
Individual 1
Greet
2
Accept
3
Help
4
Background
5
Advocate
5. Neo-Nazi     
10. Teamster Union member     
15. ERA proponent     
20. Communist     
25. Ku Klux Klansman     
30. Nuclear armament proponent