Cultural factors associated with healthful behaviors in India

Díaz, Héctor Luis (2005) Cultural factors associated with healthful behaviors in India. Perspectivas sociales, 7 (1). pp. 13-23. ISSN 1405-1133 (Entregado)

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Policy makers, healthcare professionals and other human service providers have an ethical responsibility to provide effective services to different population subgroups. This ethical responsibility is also extended to the increasing number of Indian immigrants in the United States and other countries. The author proposes that knowledge of the clients’ ethnic identification is not enough to help human service providers provide culturally sensitive health and human services. This article identifies contextual as well as group based cultural factors that are likely to influence healthful behaviors. Such factors include: gender discrimination and the resulting inability of women to make decisions impacting their own health, tensions between Indian folk medicine and western medicine, social discrimination and the resulting inequitable access to health services by minority groups, culturally dictated forms of communication, the role of spirituality and religion, their culturally prescribed notion of time and attitudes towards time, group orientation and reliance on the family and friends during health crises. The article concludes with a discussion of the implications of specific Indian beliefs and behaviors for healthcare policy and service delivery.

Tipo de elemento: Article
Divisiones: Trabajo Social y Desarrollo Humano
Usuario depositante: Editor Repositorio
Díaz, Héctor Luishdiaz@uta.eduNO ESPECIFICADO
Fecha del depósito: 27 Abr 2016 21:01
Última modificación: 27 Abr 2016 21:01

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