Cultural Assimilation (Adaptations)

Cultural assimilation can become complicated when a resident can’t control his or her life choices and decisions. Causing depression, extreme anxiety, and frustration. Staff can become frustrated if individuals are unwilling to cooperate with care as a result of these fears and anxieties.

When residents feel uncomfortable with their surroundings because of language barriers or differences in social norms, they can feel threatened by different and strange-seeming mannerisms. For example, West Indian cultures often speak in loud voices. Asian caregivers are often reserved and might not appear to be as personally supportive.

Culture Change
Culture is the learned and shared knowledge that specific groups use to generate their behavior and interpret their experience of the world. It includes but is not limited to:

Practices, Rituals. Languages, Values, Customs, Expected Behaviors, Roles, Thought, Ceremonies, Beliefs, Courtesies, Manners of Interacting, Communications

Culture applies to racial, ethnic, religious, political, professional, and other social groups. It is transmitted through social and institutional traditions and norms that pass onto succeeding generations. Culture can appear paradoxical, while many aspects remain the same, it is also dynamic, constantly changing and evolving throughout the ages. It is comprised of beliefs about how people should interact with each other and how they should respond to the social and material surroundings in which they find themselves.

• is applicable to all peoples
• is value laden & rooted in belief systems
• is active & dynamic
• is multilayered & multidimensional
• exists at conscious & unconscious levels
• is often viewed as thick, thin, or compartmentalized
• provides group member identity
• structures perceptions & shapes behaviors (e.g. relationship to the natural world or traditional homelands)
• varies in expression both among and between individual group members
• permeates every aspect of life

Culture is seen in religion, spirituality, morals, customs, politics, technologies, and basic survival strategies of any given group. It affects how groups work, parent, love, marry, and understand health, mental health, wellness, illness, disability, and end of life.

It is only when we observe the other side that it is possible to reflect upon the similarities as well as the diversities of cultural life values and beliefs held by others.
Multiple Cultural Identities
Implications for Person-Centered Thinking, Planning and Practice
Some individuals willingly adopt distinct cultural identities in different social settings (i.e., home culture versus organizational culture), while still others acquire permeable identities. Individuals draw from the accepted norms from within the cultural climate that surrounds them to behave in accordance with their social setting. This contributes to our understanding of how and when individuals adopt multiple cultural identities. As human beings, we have multiple cultural identities that can be grouped as follows.

• Categorization – people identify with one of their cultural groups over others
• Compartmentalization – individuals maintain multiple, separate identities within themselves
• Integration – people link their multiple cultural identities

Understanding multiple cultural identities helps us to move beyond one-dimensional conceptualizations of identity to an understanding of the complex, overlapping cultural influences that form each of us. “ADDRESSING” is a framework that enables therapists to better recognize and understand cultural influences as a multidimensional combination.

Developed by Pamela Hays (1996, 2008), the “ADDRESSING” model is a framework that facilitates recognition and understanding of the complexities of individual identity. … Each factor can help researchers understand underrepresented groups and oppressive forces.

A – Age
D – Developmental and acquired
D – Disabilities
R – Religion
E – Ethnicity
S – Socioeconomic status
S – Sexual orientation
I – Indigenous heritage,
N – National origin, and
G – Gender.

Cultural Diversity
The term cultural diversity is used to describe differences in ethnic or racial classification & self-identification, tribal or clan affiliation, nationality, language, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, socioeconomic status, education, religion, spirituality, physical and intellectual abilities, personal appearance, and other factors that distinguish one group or individual from another.

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