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    Cultural health beliefs and traditional medicine

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    I need help with researching a specific culture's (in the United States) health beliefs and how medical personnel would deal with those beliefs.

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    Many ethnic groups in the United States are focused on therapeutic interests that are compatible with nature. As an example, Mexican-Americans hold a belief based on Mexican culture involving folk disease that is linked to religious healing rituals (Ramos-Sanchez, 2009). Mexican-American belong to a Hispanic culture with different cultural values such as giving primary importance to families; and cooperate approaches to health and social behavior. As an example, ethnic identity is viewed as an integral part of self-concept; however, this concept of self is influenced by socialization processes where members of the family are considered.

    The cultural beliefs of Mexican-Americans are based on their world view that include: (a) belief in accumulated life experiences, (b) cultural fatalism (resigned to life as it exists); (c) a strong belief in a higher being, (d) belief in folk healing when in a crisis; and (e) a tendency to separate physical form emotional well-being (Comas-Diaz, 1993 as cited in Ponterotto, Casas, Suziki, & Alexander, 1995). Because of this cultural group's belief in an indigenous treatment system, they avoid utilizing formal health or mental health service providers (Vargas, Kolody, Aquilar-Gaxiol, & Catalane, 1999).

    Following their cultural practices, research highlight the underutilization of health services by Mexican ...

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    This solution discusses the cultural tradition and beliefs of Mexican-Americans, and how practitioners incorporate these beliefs into practices of traditional medicine,

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