Social Injustice : A Devastating And Crippling Effect On Persons

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Social injustice can have a devastating and crippling effect on persons, both physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Injustice carries with it the potential to trigger life events that negatively affect individuals’ health, lifestyle, and relationships with family members, friends, and the workplace (Hays & Erford, 2014). Currently, in the United States, there are many and more individuals and groups who struggle to overcome past and present prejudices in the areas of housing, education, differential treatment, discrimination, child exploitation, and racial profiling. Barrett (2011) found that multidimensional issues associated with the biological, psychological, and societal differences among persons, social justice, and fundamental human rights many times prevent practitioners from supplying adequate services to all the peoples of a town, area, or country. The complexities of national, state and public administration have generated institutional inequity that is so entrenched within communities that “professional standards and documents and United Nations Conventions and Declarations are not enough” (Barrett, 2011, p. 5). To understand and apply the construct of multicultural counseling and social justice as interdependent and interactive forces practitioners and researchers should analyze and fine-tune traditional counseling theories and methodologies using a systems approach.
Legal and ethical issues influence social justice among diverse populations.

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