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Asian and Pacific Islander cultural values: Considerations for health care decision making

Author: McLaughlin, Linda A.; Braun, Kathryn L.
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Date 5/1/98
Type Journal
Journal Title: Health-and-Social-Work
Volume/Pages Vol 23(2): 116-126
Subject Matter Asian Pacific Islander
Abstract As the US becomes more ethnically diverse, health care practitioners must learn about the perspectives and values of a variety of cultural groups. Of interest is how these cultural values intersect with the dominant culture, especially in the health care arena. This article explores values such as filial piety and preservation of harmony that influence decision making among Asian and Pacific Islander cultures, with specific illustrations from 6 of these cultures (Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipino, Hawaiian, and Samoan). The literature, along with the authors observations suggest potential areas of conflict between the more collectivist values of Asian and Pacific Islander cultures and the more individualist orientation of the US health care system. Implications for practice and research are presented. ((c) 1999 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved)