Publication Date

2018

Faculty Advisor

Jeff Kerssen-Griep

Department

Communication Studies

College/School

College of Arts and Sciences

Abstract

Cultural influences are among the forces affecting people’s willingness and ability to accept assistance from other people. Such forces complicate matters when help recipients are in culturally vulnerable positions, such as while experiencing homelessness within US society. This study synthesized existing research relevant to this situation in order to propose and justify a particular interpersonal communication approach to providing help across cultural and power barriers. Such attitude- and skill-guidelines should increase people’s likelihood of accepting assistance offered via such communication practices while in the vulnerable, one-down power position associated with experiencing homelessness in US society.

Subjects

Communication--Cross-cultural studies; Homelessness--United States

Publication Information

CST 431: Intercultural Communication & Identity

Copyright for this work is retained by the author.

Document Type

Student Project

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