Personal Heritage Assessment Essay

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Personal heritage assessment and its usefulness

April 15, 2012

Personal heritage assessment and its usefulness
INTRODUCTION: In this paper, the writer will focus on the usefulness of applying a heritage assessment in evaluating the needs of person as a whole, three different family’s opinions on health maintenance, health protection and health restoration. Also this paper will identify health traditions as regards to cultural heritage of the writer, then how the three families interviewed in this paper follow their customs and how important their traditions and practices are to them.
Heritage can be described as the degree of which one’s lifestyle reflects his/her
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The writer came from the part of the world that believe so much in extended family and the extended family members are encouraged in participation of traditional religious and cultural activities: The writer attended a religious school during elementary School, high school and part of college, most activities were church related. The writer’s extended family live in the country of origin and that makes the writer to travel every year to pay visit to her extended family. Fortunately, the writer with immediate family members currently lives in a neighborhood of people from the same ethnic group. As an adult, she has chosen to live with her family in the ethnic neighborhood or community wherein the people are from a similar heritage hence she engages in ethnic cultural events, such as religious festivals sometimes with dancing associated with new yam festival. Because she was raised in extended family setting, she lived with grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces including her siblings. She always references extended family in her social frames world and maintains close ties/contact with both the young and older generations through visits and phone calls yearly. The family’s name has never changed since the time of migration to United States. The culture does not permit to give child only English names. If

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