Write 4-6 pages on somebody from a diferent culture 
1. It doesnt have to be an actual person you can pretend to interview somebody and just write a paper on the information
2. I attached some questions that you would ask, it doesn’t have to be all of them its just some idea questionvieWee what he or she prefers to be called. Do not use your titi
as a tool to enforce a power differential.
Eye contact patterns vary by culture and should not be used to assess truthfulness.
Sample Questions
Regarding the care of the children:
Who is the primary caregiver?
Who else participates in the caregiving?
What is the amount of care given by mother versus others?
How much time does the infant spend away from the primary caregiver?
Is there conflict between caregivers regarding appropriate practices?
What ecological/environmental issues impinge upon general care giving (e.g.,
housing, jobs, etc.)?
Regarding family meals:
What are the family feeding practices?
What are the mealtime rules?
What types of foods are eaten?
What are the beliefs regarding breastfeeding and weaning?
What are the beliefs regarding bottle-feeding?
What are the family practices regarding transitioning to solid food?
Which family members prepare food?
Is food purchased or homemade?
Are there any taboos related to food preparation or handling?
Which family members feed the child?
Tips for Cross Cultural Interviewing – 2009
(2017). Cross-cultural Psychology: Critical Thinking and
Cieth Edition. New York, NY:Tylor & Francis.
What is the configuration of the family mealtime?
What are the family’s views on independent feeding?
to feeding an infant/toddler?
Is there a discrepancy among family members regarding the beliefs and practices related
Regarding medical care:
What is the family’s approach to medical needs?
Do they rely solely on Western medical services?
Do they rely solely on holistic approaches?
Do they utilize a combination of these approaches?
Who is the primary medical provider or conveyer of medical information-family
members, elders, friends, folk healers, family doctors, or medical specialists?
Do all family members of the family agree on approaches to medical needs?
Regarding family sleeping patterns:
Does the infant sleep in the same room/bed as the parents?
At what age is the infant moved away from close proximity to the mother?
Is there an established bedtime?
What is the family response to an infant when he or she awakes at night?
What practices surround daytime napping?
What is the family’s response to disobedience and aggression?
What are the parameters of acceptable child behavior?
What form does the discipline take?
Who metes out the disciplinary action?
What is the family’s response to a crying infant?
How long before the caregiver picks up a crying infant? (Temporal Qualities)
How does the caregiver calm an upset infant?
Regarding a child’s disability:
Are there cultural or religious factors that would shape family perceptions?
To what/where/whom does the family assign responsibility for their child’s
How does the family view the role of fate in their lives?
How does the family view their role in intervening with their child? Do they feel
they can make a difference or do they consider it hopeless?
garding help seeking:
From whom does the family seek help-family members or outside
Does the family seek help directly or indirectly?
What are the general feelings of the family when seeking assistance-ashamed,
rviewee as many speakers of English as a second language use the tone and
the tone of voice and speaking style of the
volume typical of their first language which may not be the same tone and
volume used by native English speakers.
Understanding the family’s communication style
Ask yourself:
Does the family communicate with each other in a direct or indirect style?
Does the family tend to interact in a quiet manner or a loud manner?
Do family members share feelings when discussing emotional issues?
Does the family ask you direct questions?
Does the family value a lengthy social time at each home visit unrelated to the
program’s goals?
Working with Interpreters
first consider:
With which culture is the interpreter primarily affiliated?
Is the interpreter familiar with the colloquialisms of the family members’ country or region
Um with the interpreter? Would the family member feel
Which family member interacts with other systems?
Does that family member feel comfortable when interacting with other systems?
Regarding the family structure:
Who are the key decision-makers?
Is decision-making related to specific situations?
Is decision-making individual- or group-oriented?
Do all family members live in the same household?
What is the relationship of friends to the family system?
What is the hierarchy within the family? Is status related to gender or age?
Fontes, L. (2008). Interviewing Clients Across Cultures: A Practitioner’s Guide. NY:
Guildford Press.
Fontes, L. (2009). Interviewing immigrant children and families for suspected child
maltreatment. APSAC Advisor.
Wayman, Lynch & Hanson (1990). Home-based early childhood services: Cultural
sensitivity in a family systems approach. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education,
10, 65-66.

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