Mexican And American Culture: A Case Study

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Mexican culture has been characterized in literature by an accepted framework of values: familism, respeto and simpatia (respect and congeniality), curanderismo (folk healing), religiosity/spirituality, and the importance of language are among the most important. In a typical Mexican family, the father is the breadwinner/decision maker also known as a machismo. There are positive and negative ways people see this; the man in the family holds great responsibility, whilst still seen as rough around the edges. The mother falls under the caregiver role, whom force holds the family together and shares cultural wisdom. Family is an important value in the Mexican culture.
When comparing to the American culture, it is said that Mexican’s place a higher value on family. Americans tend to give more of their attention to their profession, while Mexicans put family first (Difference Between American and Mexican Culture, 2013).
Mexican children will get more parental guidance, whereas American children are taught to be independent at an early age (Difference Between American and Mexican Culture, 2013). Values adopted during early childhood may be important for understanding Mexican American youths’ adaptation because these values become the guiding force for future
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Culture diversity Sensitivity is important when dealing with Mexican patients for they tend to be very private and always need to feel respected. It is important to explain what must be done to them first and why it must be done. Mexicans already have the upmost respect for health care providers so by doing this will only help build their trust. Language is another thing to look out for not just for competence, bot also the cultural meaning people attach to it. Culturally congruent care is meaningful, supportive, and facilitative because it fits valued life patterns of patients (Potter
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