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Where are you coming from: An examination of cultural factors in groups

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Groups are influenced by cultural elements, even when all group members appear to share the same background. When these cross-cultural themes are addressed directly by the group, the process is enhanced, and leadership becomes easier. This paper relates the experience of one Clinical Pastoral Education group which discovered the pervasiveness of cultural influences after an exploration of an article by G. Keith Parker on “Problems and Possibilities of Cross-Cultural Supervision” (Pastoral Psychology, Summer, 1978).

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    G. Keith Parker, “Problems and Possibilities of Cross-Cultural Supervision,”Pastoral Psychology, 26:4:263–276.

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    Cesar Garza-Guerrero, “Culture Shock: Its Mourning and the Vicissitudes of Identity,”Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 22:2:408–429, 1974.

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    Kalvero Oberg, “Culture Shock and the Problems of Adjustment to New Environments,”Technical Assistance Quarterly Bulletin No. 2 (New York: American Council of Voluntary Agencies for Foreign Services, Inc., 1960). Reprinted inPractical Anthropology, 7:4:177–182.

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Bogia, B.P. Where are you coming from: An examination of cultural factors in groups. Pastoral Psychol 28, 21–26 (1979). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01760318

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