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Child of Many Worlds: Focus on the Problem of Ethnic Minorities

Edited By Hanna Liberska and Marzanna Farnicka

The sense of isolation and even rejection is well known to people from minority groups, including ethnic minorities. When it comes to children from ethnic minorities, the quick identification of the problem by teachers is of great importance. Anyway the problem must be realised not only by the educators and parents of the children of the minority, but also by the parents representing the cultural majority. The presented approach to the problem of ethnic minorities is not only oriented towards the social exclusion of the ethnic minorities, but tries to create a comprehensive strategy for dealing with «new faces of exclusion». The authors describe ethnic minorities in the countries of the Visegrád Group and try to define their cultural and national identity from the perspective of intercultural psychology.
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The Wellbeing of Children: Its Source and How It is Affected by a Sense of Exclusion and Acculturation

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A condition for realisation of the developmental potential of every human being, and, in particular, that of a child, is satisfaction of the need to be happy, safe, liked, loved and accepted.

Development is defined as the process of systematic changes in behaviour that appear over time in human life (Trempała, 2011, p. 49). This process encompasses the many dimensions and spheres of life and its course shows both inter- and intrapersonal diversity. Depending on the period of life, thanks to the process of development, an individual attains relative independence in the satisfaction of his or her needs (cf. Brzezińska, 2000).

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