A posture of reciprocity: A practical approach to collaboration between professionals and parents of culturally diverse backgrounds

Maya Kalyanpur, Beth Harry

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The current emphasis on developing culturally responsive services for families of children with disabilities from culturally diverse backgrounds informs the need for professional self-awareness whereby professionals learn to recognize not only the cultural specificity of personal values and beliefs but also of their professional practice. We describe an approach, the posture of reciprocity, that enables professionals to acquire this level of cultural awareness. Examples to illustrate applications of the posture are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)487-509
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Child and Family Studies
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997



  • Cultural awareness
  • Culturally responsive services
  • Posture of reciprocity
  • Professional self-awareness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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