Helping child welfare workers improve cultural competence by utilizing spiritual genograms with Native American families and children

Gordon E. Limb, David Hodge

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This study represents an initial step at giving child welfare workers an important assessment tool as they seek to provide culturally and spiritually competent services to Native American families and children. In order to determine the relevancy and consistency of utilizing a modified spiritual genogram assessment tool with Native Americans, 50 Native American experts reviewed, rated, and gave feedback on its use. Results showed that while there were limitations in utilizing spiritual genograms, this assessment tool could help child welfare workers become more culturally competent as they develop interventions with Native American families and children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-245
Number of pages7
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2010



  • American Indians
  • Child welfare
  • Cultural competence
  • Genograms
  • Native Americans
  • Spirituality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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