CULTURAL ASSESSMENT ASSIGNMENT

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Overview of Interview:
1. Select a person from an ethnic group other than American or British.
2. Introduce yourself and explain assignment. Keep the focus on health.
3 Use “Important Components of a Cultural Assessment” to direct your questions (attached). And use the answers of these questions as guide to write your paper.
4 Complete written assignment using Grading Criteria: It is 100point worth paper.
IMPORTANT COMPONENTS OF A CULTURAL ASSESSMENT
Categories
Ethnic origin. Does the family identify with a particular group (e.g., Chicanos, Puerto Rican, Filipino, Black American, American Indian)?

Race. What is the family’s racial background?
Relocation. Where has the family lived (country, city)?
How long?
Has the family moved recently?
Habits, customs,
values,beliefs Describe habits, customs, values and beliefs the family holds or
practices that affect its attitudes toward
birth:
life:
death:
health:
illness:
time orientation:
the health care system:
health care providers:
Does the family have special customs pertaining to birth and naming of children?
Is time in utero considered as part of the child’s age (for example, is the child considered one year old at birth)?
What is the family’s degree of belief and adherence to its overall cultural system?
Does an older child or adolescent adhere to these customs and beliefs?
Behaviors valued by culture.
How does the family value
privacy,
courtesy,
respect for elders,
behaviors related to family roles,
sex roles, and
work ethics?
Cultural sanctions,restrictions.
Sanctions: What is accepted behavior by the family’s cultural group regarding expressions of emotions and feelings, religious expressions, and response to illness and death?
Restrictions: Does the family have any restrictions related to sexual matters, exposure, and discussion of fears related to the unknown?
Healing beliefs. What cultural healing system does the family predominantly adhere to (e.g., Asian healing system, Raza/Latino curanderismo)?
What religious healing system does the family predominantly adhere to (for example, Seventh-Day Adventist, West African Voodoo, Christian Scientist, Fundamentalist Sect, Pentacostalist)?
Cultural health
beliefs. Is illness explained by the germ theory or cause-effect relationship, presence of evil spirits, imbalance between “hot” or “cold” or yin and yang, or disequilibrium between nature and human?
Is good health related to success, ability to work or fulfill roles, reward from God, or balance with nature?
Categories
Cultural health
practices. What types of cultural healing practices does the family use?
Cultural healers. Does the family rely on cultural healers?
Childbearing. How does the family rely on cultural healers?
How does the family discipline children?
What behaviors are acceptable? What behaviors are unacceptable?
How does the child show courtesy and respect for adults?
Childcare What customs and beliefs influence the umbilical cord?
What is the family’s belief about when newborns should be taken outside the home?
What customs or beliefs influence feedings, skin care, hair care and other areas of personal hygiene?
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