Definition of Multicultural Psychology
Multicultural psychology is a study of human behaviors that is done systematically. It studies people that are from different backgrounds encountering one another. According to Psychology 251, (n.d.),"Multiculturalism has been considered a "fourth force" in the field of psychology, supplementing behaviorism, psychodynamic theories, and humanistic psychology. Multicultural Psychology is also described by two different authors as the study of influences of multiple cultures but in a single social context that is human behavior (Hall, 2012). "Multicultural psychology is American Psychology" (Nagayama, 2010 p3) It is the study of different cultures and the unique ways they live their lives. "Multicultural psychology is the study of the influences of multiple cultures in a single social context on human behavior" (p3) under multicultural psychology is the study of cultural diversity. Under cultural diversity there are other forms of diversity, such as gender, socioeconomic status, sexual identity, disability, and religiosity (p3) African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, and Latina/Latino Americans are all included under the term that make the study of multicultural psychology so distinctive.
Brief history of multicultural psychology