Cultural Competence Case Study

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Cultural competence refers to understanding other cultures, by obtaining cultural education, understanding how different cultures function in society, how society has treated their culture and their cultural behaviors (Lum, 2004). While interviewing individuals from a different culture the interviewer must show the ability to ask questions about the interviewee’s family and culture without appearing insensitive. Interviewing Deona Queen gave the opportunity to acquire information about her family’s cultural background, while learning how ask question in a sensitive matter. All information obtained during her interview was used to compare to one’s own family cultural background. Deona Queen was encouraged to give a brief description of her …show more content…
Respecting elder family members by giving eye contact at all times, and being mindful of tone of voice are things that if not obeyed can result in corporal punishment. This value is something that has been passed down from Deona’s grandmother, but this practice was put in place because of the past experience of her grandmother. Deona’s grandmother did not follow the values and rules of her own family by having children at the young age of fourteen years old. Respect and obedience are ensured to keep future generations from falling into the same situation. However, it was odd to learn that Deona 's grandmother did not believe in birth control, which is still followed in future generations. One belief that Deona’s family has about birth control, is that they lead to health issues, however, Deona does believe in birth control. Waiting until marriage is one of the main cultural values that her family holds true to their hearts, which ties into their no birth control rule. The use of birth control is something that my family never discussed, because my grandmother was not experienced in the field of sex, because she married the first man that she ever had sex with. I believe that she wanted the same for her children and that is why she rarely spoke of sex or birth …show more content…
Paying close attention to my own self-awareness gave me time to focus and understand the questions that were being discussed and less time on being biased. However, it was obvious from the beginning of the interview that Deona and I have many similarities and differences when it comes to family and personal values. Which made for a better interview, and a better learning experience. It was important to learn other family’s perceptions and how it influenced their family relationship and behavior. I believe that during my interview with Deona I was able to stay open minded and sensitive to any past oppression and experiences that has been used to shape her beliefs along with her family. Analyzing all information obtained during her interview was used to compare to one’s own family cultural background, with the culture of another family. I encouraged Deona Queen to give personal information about her family and their beliefs by starting off with self-disclosure. Self-disclosure was used to make her more comfortable with disclosing a personal description of her family, gender expectations, religious practices, and any additional family values and beliefs that she could think of that would help with better understanding and comparing both

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