To succeed in this challenge, clinicians must keep in mind that variations occur between cultural subgroups just as individuals subscribe to group norms to varying degrees.
Factors such as socio-economics, education, degree of acculturation and English proficiency have an enormous impact on a person’s health beliefs and behaviors.
This takes many forms, but emphasizes affording them respect and caring for them until death.
Machismo, or manliness, is among the traits associated with the patriarchy complex, and male-female relations are often conditioned by the public assertion of male control, especially the positive qualities of providing care and protection for one's home and family.
The average age of marriage has increased lately, but typically it is lower than the overall average in the United States.
The term culture has different meanings but it is generally used to refer to the set of values, standards, beliefs, art, music, and practices shared by a particular group. Originally, this term was used to indicate a relationship to ancient Hispania, the Roman name of the Iberian Peninsula.
In modern times, and specifically in the United States, the term takes on a different meaning.
Thus, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean countries are referred to as Hispanic America. In the United States, both terms are used interchangeably as both words refer to fairly the same ethnic group.
Latino, short for latinoamericano (Latin American in Spanish), is used to denote people of Latin American origin.