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Culture represents the vast array of behaviors, ideas, values, habits, and practices “specific” to a particular group of people. Culturally relevant values and beliefs are positively associated with psychological and social indices among ethnic minority youth, and the promotion of culturally relevant beliefs and values may provide a mechanism by which adaptive and positive behaviors are conveyed to children (Belgrave, Brome, & Hampton, 2000; Belgrave, Chase-Vaughn, Gray, Addison, & Cherry, 2000; Stevenson, 1995; Warfield-Coppock, 1992). Culture is defined as ways of knowing, understanding, and interpreting stimuli as a result of common history (Landrine & Klonoff, 1996). 

Thus, culture provides people with patterns of interpreting reality and a general design for living (Nobles & Goddard, 1992).  Data show that people who are grounded in terms of their cultural identity are able to do better in responding to life’s many challenges. The collection of materials presented on this website and resource book is intended to provide a sense of place and awareness of the significance of Haiti’s history and Haitians’ heritage through generations.   

 

 

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