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Working with Intercultural Couples and Families: Exploring Cultural Dissonance to Identify Transformative Opportunities
Cheryl L. Crippen
This article will discuss the dynamics of cultural dissonance and transformative opportunities for intercultural couples and their children, based on findings from a qualitative study on the experiences of intercultural parents from different (first- or second-generation) countries of origin (Crippen, 2008). Using culture as a lens, treatment considerations for counselors working with this growing population will be presented to better understand how others can benefit from diversity within their families.