Ethnography in counseling psychology research: Possibilities for application

Lisa A. Suzuki, Jacqueline S. Mattis, Muninder K. Ahluwalia, Cherubim A. Quizon

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The emphasis placed on prolonged engagement, fieldwork, and participant observation has prevented wide-scale use of ethnography in counseling psychology. This article provides a discussion of ethnography in terms of definition, process, and potential ethical dilemmas. The authors propose that ethnographically informed methods can enhance counseling psychology research conducted with multicultural communities and provide better avenues toward a contextual understanding of diversity as it relates to professional inquiry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)206-214
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Counseling Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2005


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