Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: June 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963978 | Print ISBN: 9781412909280 | Online ISBN: 9781412963978| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Miguel E. Gallardo & Yanina Paoliello
Familismo refers to a strong sense of identification with, and loyalty to, nuclear and extended family. It also includes a sense of protection of familial honor, respect, and cooperation among family members. Through these values, individuals place their family's needs over their own personal desires and choices. Researchers indicate that familismo-related values foster the creation or facilitation of the whole, rather than that of the individual. Scholars further define familismo as the most important cultural aspect defining the beliefs and attitudes of Latinos/as. Thus, it becomes fundamental that therapists working with Latino/a populations understand the concept of familismo and its impact on the well-being of Latinos/as. Familismo is best understood from a multidimensional perspective, which includes three ...