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Unfortunately, this multicultural process while enriching people’s lives also has created interpersonal difficulties and societal problems that are still unresolved. At the end of the twentieth century, residents of the United States are grappling with issues such as preju­ dice, racism, unequal distribution of resources, moves to declare English as the official language, limited nature of services to immigrants, lack of culturally appropriate research and services, and challenges to affirmative action policies to redress past injustices. Social and behavioral scientists have made important, although at times limited, contributions to our understanding of these problems.