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
Joseph G. Ponterotto
The multicultural personality refers to a constellation of traits, attitudes, and behaviors that predispose individuals to adapt successfully to culturally diverse environments. The conceptual roots of the multicultural personality can be traced to work in clinical psychology and counseling psychology in the United States and personnel psychology in the Netherlands. Manuel Ramirez, working in the southwest region of the United States, discussed the multicultural personality as a synthesis of the resources learned from different cultures that enable people to develop cultural flexibility in navigating their environments. Ramirez is a clinical psychologist, and his work focuses on helping clients develop bicultural coping and adaptation skills. Writing from a counseling and positive psychology perspective, Joseph G. Ponterotto and colleagues discussed the multicultural ...