Puerto Ricans Value The Importance Of Family Essay

712 Words Oct 12th, 2015 3 Pages
Puerto Ricans value the importance of family. “Traditionally, the Hispanic family is a close-knit group and the most important social unit. The Hispanic "family unit" includes not only parents and children but also extended family” (Clutter and Nieto, n.d.). Puerto Ricans also consider close friends and church members as family as well. Familismo, a cultural belief, that focuses on family values and family’s well being rather than on individual opportunities (Ayón and Aisenberg, 2010). When a family member is in trouble or needs help it is responsibility of the other family members to help them in any way that they can. There is a great sense of togetherness in family in the Puerto Rican culture. Also, in the Puerto Rican culture the adult children and other young family members are responsible to take care of the elderly (Delgado, 2007). In the Puerto Rican culture, the elders are usually dependent on the family to make health care decisions and for support. Therefore, it is very rare to see a Puerto Rican elder living in a nursing home (Fliszar, 2003). The nursing home is the last resort if there is nothing else the family can do.
Two other important aspects in the Puerto Rican culture are respect and spirituality. Respect is something which money cannot buy. You have to earn respect in the Puerto Rican society. Respect is given to elders in the community and highly emphasized for the elder males (Taylor, 2015, p. 86). Spirituality is an important part of people in…

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