The Social And Physiological Issues Affecting Aboriginal People

1062 Words Oct 12th, 2016 5 Pages
Due to the effects of colonization, discrimination, and racism, Aboriginal peoples, as well as their communities, have been experiencing adverse health outcomes that have been resonating across generations. The negative health outcomes are a result of years of damage to their traditions, languages, beliefs and self-identity. The high rates of HIV, depression and chronic diseases among Aboriginals are linked to experiences of poverty, unemployment, racism, and poor living conditions as well as the loss of community ties. Likewise, the participants in those studies found that reconnecting to their communities and cultures was an essential method of coping with their illness (Cain 2011). However, the extent and methods by which Aboriginals reconnected with their culture have not been discussed. Various intervention methods within the literature emphasized that service providers can’t only focus on disease prevention, but must also attend to both the social and physiological issues affecting Aboriginals (Cain 2015). Accordingly, workers must become aware of the potential roles that cultural traditions play in helping aboriginal people deal with their diseases and promote more culturally specific health services. However, no comparative examination between the prevention rates of traditional Indigenous healing practices and Western biomedicine was conducted within the literature. The research has shown, that Aboriginal healers provide a more comfortable healthcare setting because…

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