I need help with researching a specific culture's (in the United States) health beliefs and how medical personnel would deal with those beliefs.
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 ...
This solution discusses the cultural tradition and beliefs of Mexican-Americans, and how practitioners incorporate these beliefs into practices of traditional medicine,