Purnell Model: a View on Asian Indian Culture Values. Essay

1254 Words Jul 17th, 2012 6 Pages
In this paper I will be identifying beliefs and values common to my family of origin. I will be using Purnell's Model of cultural competency and will explain the major assumptions of the model in relevance to my culture. The purpose of this paper is to provide the reader with a quick overview of the Asian Indian culture. One must be aware of their own culture and the culture of others in order to offer competent and culturally sensitive care and understand how their cultural beliefs may affect their health. (Leuning, Swiggum, Wiegert, and McCullough-Zander, 2002).

Introduction With the United States becoming increasingly diverse, healthcare professionals face a multicultural clients and it
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In the south, tobacco smoking is very prominent. In the recent years, there has been a increased usage of cocaine and opium in the northern states. Nutrition. Family gatherings, celebrations, and special occasions are always centered around food. Food tends to be prepared spicy, and India is known for various curry dishes. Many spices are used for home remedies, such as mixing tumric in bathwater to alleviate itching symptoms of chicken pox. Pregnancy. Indians have specific views regarding pregnancy and childbearing. Birth control is not generally practiced in India, although the preferred method that is used is IUD or condoms (Purnell & Paulanka, 2003). If a man or woman is not married, they are often looked down upon in society and lose their social status. There is a lack of respect for single individuals and often the public will assume something is wrong with the person that inhibits them from getting married. Also, child bearing without being married is looked down upon. Death Rituals. Death and dying in the Indian culture is crucial for healthcare providers to understand. We believe in a form of fatalism, known as karma. Some feel that advanced directives are important so as not to prolong one’s life unnecessarily, since god decides fate. Indians believe that the body should be cremated, and Purnell and Paulanka (2003) add that Hindus like to release the ashes into holy rivers in their homeland. Thus, many Hindus will

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