Cross-cultural Differences in Preferred Forms of Address: Implications for Work with African American Adults

Wanda Lott Collins, Sharon E. Moore
2004 Advances in Social Work  
Using an individual's last name indicates respect and contributes to positive interaction with African American clients and adults of African descent. This paper discusses the importance of using social titles as a proper form of address during, and sometimes after, the initial professional relationship. Two case vignettes will highlight potential difficulties that non-African American practitioners may experience when using first names with African Americans within the professional realm. The
more » ... ssional realm. The vignettes include a scenario for a supervisor and a client.
doi:10.18060/65 fatcat:qkplui426rcdtencdyuimemujm