Bereavement Among African Americans and Latino/a Americans

Mourning is the term for the culturally-informed practices through which grief is expressed. Although grief is a universal human experience, mourning varies greatly by culture and ethnic group. This material examines bereavement and mourning in African American and Latino/a American groups, discusses broader cultural issues related to assessment and intervention, and suggests questions for health providers to ask that show respect for a family’s cultural heritage.

Target audience:  Psychologists, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, social workers, addiction counselors, nurses

This CE course is designated as beginning to intermediate.


Learning Objectives

Upon completing this program, participants should be able to

  • Discuss cross-cultural responses to grief and mourning in African American and Latino/a American communities.
  • Ask culturally sensitive questions of those who are coping with the emotional aftermath of the death of a loved one.
  • Print Version / Test Preview
  • Part 1: Introduction
  • Part 2: Salient Beliefs and Behaviors
  • Part 3: Counseling Considerations
  • Part 4: Cross-Cultural Assessment, Diagnosis, and Therapy
  • Part 5: References
  • Part 6: Cross-cultural Responses to Grief and Mourning
  • CE Test
  • Evaluation

Bereavement among African Americans and Latino/a Americans

Joleen C. Schoulte is a doctoral candidate in Counseling Psychology at the University of Iowa and has received clinical training at UI Counseling Service and the Iowa City/Coralville Veteran's Affairs Hospital. A counselor at the Women’s Resource and Action Center, Joleen's clinical specialities include anxiety, grief and loss, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and geriatric issues. Joleen places much emphasis on one's experiences in the world and how individual, societal, and cultural influences have impacted one's functioning and quality of life. She views the therapeutic relationship as a safe place to process thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and physiological reactions to empower individuals and improve their well-being.

Correspondence concerning this article should be directed to Joleen C. Schoulte, Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations, The University of Iowa College of Education, 361 Lindquist Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1529. E-mail: joleen-schoulte@uiowa.edu.

Cross-cultural Responses to Grief and Mourning

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