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Cultural Diversity and Ethics

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Transcript of Cultural Diversity and Ethics

Cultural Diversity & Ethics
Putting the Pieces Together

Culture
Health care professionals must work with and provide care to a variety of people
One major influence is the person's cultural/ethical heritage
Culture is the values, beliefs, attitudes, languages, symbols, rituals, behaviors and customs unique to a particular group of people and that are passed down from generation to generation
Can include differences in childrearing, education, occupational choice, social interactions, spiritual beliefs and healthcare choices
Culture is...
Learned
It is taught to others
Children learn patterns by imitating adults and developing attitudes accepted by others
Shared
Common practices and beliefs are shared with others in a cultural group
Circumcisions are common practice within the Caucasian culture
Culture is...
Social in Nature
Individuals in the group understand appropriate behavior based on traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation
Traditional Hispanic culture believe that women marry and raise children, not get educated
Dynamic and Constantly Changing
New ideas may generate different standards for behavior
This allows members to meet the needs of the group by adapting to environmental changes
4 Basic Characteristics of Culture
Culture is:
Learned
Shared
Social in Nature
Dynamic and Constantly Changing
Ethnicity
Classification of people based on national origin and/or culture
May share common heritage, geographic location, social customs, language and beliefs
Race
Classification of people based on physical or biological characteristics
Frequently used to "label" people and explain patterns of behavior
In reality, it is the values, beliefs and behaviors learned from the ethnic group that accounts for behaviors attributed to race
Sensitivity
Because healthcare workers provide care to ALL patients, they must be able to recognize and appreciate the personal characteristics of others
Must also try to avoid bias, prejudice and stereotyping
Bias: Preference that inhibits impartial judgement
Pre-judging: a strong belief about a person/subject that is formed without reviewing facts of information
Stereotyping: occurs when an assumption is made that everyone in a particular group is the same
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