Cultural Factors and Community Supports

Culture and Ethnic identity are protective factors for immigrant families such as reinforcing academic motivation and defending from PTSD. Adolescents and young adults who acculturate to the new culture while maintaining their family of origin’s culture tend to adjust better and improve access to resources. The accumulation of cultural characteristics, such as cultural rituals and spiritual systems, is related to better life satisfaction, well-being, educational attainment, healthy behaviors and family functioning.

Expression of culture through art-making and recreational events affords people opportunities to deepen understanding of their own cultures, and helps to bind family connections by identifying cultural and family roots and working together in a shared project. By participating in art and recreational events, people from different cultural backgrounds can communicate with each other visually and verbally.

Anything that is worth teaching can be presented in many different ways. These multiple ways can make use of our multiple intelligence.”

 

- Howard Gardner

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