Assignment: Cultural Considerations
Select a culture other than your own and research information about that group’s perceptions of health and health care.
The culture I have selected is the Mexican culture; this is because I believe that their perceptions of health and health care so different to that of many individuals. I would identify their principles of cross-cultural communication as being nonverbal communication. To them nonverbal communication is strongly influenced by respect. They tend to avoid direct eye contact with authority figures like health care providers or people with perceived class differences. When their silence may show lack of agreement with a plan of care. Touch by an unknown person to them can be very disrespectful and very stressful. On the other a hand shake is consider to be usually a welcome. Mexican Americans do concern themselves with the privacy of their needs. By this I mean that they will do anything to protect their family members. With the males they tend to disclose less information about themselves to anyone and the females do not like to discuss or share information about contraceptives in the family. Health care is mainly received by the Mexican American women, but mainly through a female health care provider. Their barriers of communication with a health care provider are very limited. First is because of the lack of English that they speak and the understanding of the language along with any medical terms. They strong believe in their perceptions of spiritual medicine. Many of this belief have been passed down from generations through generations and this is why they have such a different believe in our health care. Many cultural differences could and will become barriers which will affect the communication process with health care providers simply, because when the English language is not understood by them. Meaning that when not familiar with the English language will; cause them not to trust anyone including...
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