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How might we use our knowledge of psychological theory and research to promote a positive worldview of cultural diversity? Offer one or two specific examples.

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1. How might we use our knowledge of psychological theory and research to promote a positive worldview of cultural diversity? Offer one or two specific examples.

We can use knowledge of psychology theory and research to promotes a positive worldview of cultural diversity by applying positive psychology concepts such as inclusiveness, creativity, resilience and social responsibility to all cultures, albeit these facets might present slightly differently in different cultures. As the United States becomes more culturally diverse, for example, multicultural strengths development will grow increasingly important in promoting academic performance, career success and satisfaction, and socio-emotional health (Galassi & Akos, 2007; Ponterotto et al., 2006, as cited in http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Promoting+multicultural+personality+development:+a+strengths-based,...-a0191213589).
These actions promote a positive worldview of cultural diversity.

As well, a relatively new theoretical construct for cultural diversity consideration is the "multicultural personality" (MP). The MP is conceptualized as a cluster of narrow personality traits that can be subsumed under broader models of personality. For example, research has found that MP development is correlated with coping, adapting, and thriving in increasingly culturally diverse environments such as the United States. (http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Promoting+multicultural+personality+development:+a+strengths-based,...-a0191213589)

Our knowledge of theory and research can also be used to promote acceptance of all cultures and related traditions as different but equally valid positions by embracing cultural diversity in the workforce, through policy and application. For example, applied to the workplace is the embracement and diversity policy and diversity initiatives, which is based on the knowledge that the more diverse a work team, the ...

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This solution examines how knowledge of psychological theory and research might be used to promote a positive worldview of cultural diversity. Examples are provided.

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