PSY 362 Grand Canyon Social and Cultural Competency Discussion

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Social competence is a complex concept consisting of social, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral skills. For example, one might change social interactions based on the situational perspective of another individual.

Cultural competency enables organizations to work in cross-cultural situations based on skills, attitudes, behaviors, and policies. For example, it is important to provide health care services that meet the needs of all patients and addresses diversity issues.

In 500-750 words, address why social and cultural competency is critical in the research process. Be sure to address the following prompts:

  1. Define social and cultural competency
  2. Evaluate the importance of these concepts in terms of social psychological research.
  3. Give an example of a social psychological concept that can be understood from a cross-cultural perspective (e.g., social self, emotion, attitudes, fundamental attribution error, etc.)
  4. Why does cultural competency matter when researching a concept like the one you chose?
  5. Discuss problems that might occur if cross-cultural perspectives are neglected in the research. Be sure to share an example(s). Use two to three scholarly resources to support your explanations.

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When writing in APA style, it is important that your analysis is written in third person. Writing in third person helps with clarity and conciseness throughout your paper. However, some instances writing in first person is acceptable and should be used sparingly. Solid academic writing is expected, and documentation of sources should be presented using APA formatting guidelines.

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This benchmark assignment assesses the following programmatic competency:

MS Psychology

3.5 Evaluate the importance of social and cultural competence in scientific inquiry.

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Question 1
Social competency, as the name suggests, means having the prowess in handling social
interactions effectively. In other words, social competency is defined as getting along so easily
with people as well as being able to form and manage very close relationships, and also being to
respond more adaptively within a social setting. Social interaction among people is understood to
be complicated; therefore, being social competence means being able to handle the complexity
and ensuring there exists an interpersonal relationship (Jackson, 2019). On the other side,
cultural competency in the research process involves being able to understand, communicate
with as well as offer effective interaction with people from different cultures.
Question 2
Social psychologists tend to look at why people tend to do what they do, in regards to

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