Doubling the Cloak of (In)Competence in Client/Therapist Interactions

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Abstract

Cultural competence is used (often implicitly) to make decisions in human service settings. When therapists make decisions about whether or not a particular service will be offered, they place themselves in a position where their own competence can be judged. Using narrative data on independence and the elderly, we apply Edgerton’s idea of the cloak of competence to demonstrate this doubling effect.