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Ch 2: Understanding Diversity in Psychology

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Improve your understanding of diversity in psychology with this helpful chapter. You can access these short lessons and self-assessment quizzes to prepare for upcoming psychology tests, catch up in class, earn better grades or refresh your understanding of the social impacts of diversity.

Understanding Diversity in Psychology - Chapter Summary

This chapter provides an overview of diversity concepts in the field of psychology. Using a simplified and engaging teaching style, our instructors show you the ways in which multiple types of diversity affect social relationships, identity, behavior and more. You can work through the lessons at your own pace, and we've included short self-assessments to help you retain the terms and concepts you study. The chapter can be accessed on any computer or mobile device, which enables you to review these topics at home, school, work or wherever it's convenient. By the end of the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Explain the meaning of diversity
  • Define cultural diversity
  • Assess the impact of racial, ethnic, gender, sexual and religious diversity in psychology
  • Evaluate psychological theories related to socially constructed diversity
  • Describe how identify and behavior can be influenced by diversity
  • Discuss effects of diversity on cross-group relationships
  • Analyze the relationship between justice and diversity in psychology

11 Lessons in Chapter 2: Understanding Diversity in Psychology
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What is Diversity? - Definition & Meaning

1. What is Diversity? - Definition & Meaning

This lesson defines the word diversity. It also gives examples of both visible and invisible diversity. Some examples of understanding diversity and why it is important are also discussed.

Defining Cultural Diversity

2. Defining Cultural Diversity

Cultural diversity exists in many countries around the world, but it can be challenging and, at times, problematic. Through this lesson, you'll learn how to define cultural diversity and explore some of the ways in which it influences society.

Racial Diversity in Psychology: Examples & Impact

3. Racial Diversity in Psychology: Examples & Impact

If you are interested in the field of psychology, then it will be important for you to think about human diversity. This lesson discusses the relationship between psychology and racial diversity specifically.

Ethnic Diversity in Psychology: Examples & Impact

4. Ethnic Diversity in Psychology: Examples & Impact

As someone who is interested in psychology as a field, you might be wondering about the different roles ethnic diversity can play. This lesson discusses examples and impacts of ethnic diversity in psychology.

Gender Diversity in Psychology: Examples & Impact

5. Gender Diversity in Psychology: Examples & Impact

Understanding gender diversity is very important to understanding diversity in psychology overall. This lesson provides an overview of the definition and impact of gender diversity.

Sexual Diversity in Psychology: Examples & Impact

6. Sexual Diversity in Psychology: Examples & Impact

If you are interested in psychology, you are probably thinking about different kinds of diversity that can have impacts. This lesson discusses the different ways that sexual diversity can influence human psychology.

Religious Diversity in Psychology: Examples & Impact

7. Religious Diversity in Psychology: Examples & Impact

Among the many different kinds of diversity that affect human psychology is religious diversity. This lesson discusses examples and impact of religious diversity in the field and practice of psychology.

How Diversity Is Socially Constructed: Psychological Theories & Examples

8. How Diversity Is Socially Constructed: Psychological Theories & Examples

Diversity is a complex and important phenomenon that can be understood in a variety of different ways. This lesson discusses a psychological approach to understanding the social construction of diversity.

How Diversity Influences Identity & Behavior in Psychology

9. How Diversity Influences Identity & Behavior in Psychology

Diversity is a word we often hear and sometimes even use without really thinking about what it means. This lesson discusses some of the ways diversity can impact people's identity and behavior, particularly within psychology.

Impact of Diversity on Cross-Group Relationships

10. Impact of Diversity on Cross-Group Relationships

If you are interested in facilitating relationships between different groups, you probably want to know how diversity of backgrounds and opinions impact these connections. This lesson discusses the benefits and challenges of diversity.

Relationship Between Diversity & Justice in Psychology

11. Relationship Between Diversity & Justice in Psychology

There are many different ways to understand what diversity is and why it is important. This lesson focuses on the relationship between diversity and justice, as well as how this relationship is relevant to the study of psychology.

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