Cultural Considerations

As a mental health worker in a large city, you have been asked to work with refugee children who have been relocated from central Nigeria to live with foster families in your city. The children are between the ages of 9 and 13, boys and girls. They were rescued from a refugee camp in Nigeria where conditions were very poor. People were cramped and slept in rudimentary shelters. Food was scarce, and disease was rampant. Prior to arriving in the camp, the children were exposed to brutal violence. They saw their families murdered, houses burned, and witnessed or experienced sexual assault. Some were also injured in the attacks on their villages.

Utilize the Ethics and Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (2010), and your readings to write a paper addressing the following:

By the due date assigned, format your paper in APA style, using research gathered from the sources above (i.e., module readings, websites such as, and the ethics code) to support your response. Your paper should be between 4 and 5 pages in length and include a cover page, abstract, and reference list.Submit your assignment to the Submissions Area.  

Assignment 1 Grading Criteria

Maximum Points

Describe the psychological effects of violence that the children from Nigeria might be experiencing. Be sure to consider issues such as gender and age.


Design an intervention program to address the children’s exposure to violence. Consider individual, family, and community needs.


Describe the elements that would be incorporated into a prevention program designed to foster resilience in the children from Nigeria, as well as break the cycle of violence that we learned can occur for children exposed to violence.


Reflect on the debate between “cultural universality” and “cultural specificity”. Discuss how to reconcile this debate within the context of the ethics code for psychologists.


Discuss the importance of cultural traditions when designing an intervention program. Describe at least two specific Nigerian cultural traditions and how this knowledge would be used in designing an intervention program


Briefly describe at least 2 ethical considerations that one would need to take into account when intervening with children as victims of violence in general, as well as pertaining to cultural issues specifically


Style: Tone, audience, and word choice

Organization: Introduction, transitions, and conclusion

Usage and Mechanics: Grammar, spelling, and sentence structure

APA Elements: In text citations and references, paraphrasing, and appropriate use of quotations and other elements of style

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