Cultural Beliefs And Practices Of Puerto Rican Families In America

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The purpose of this paper is to understand the cultural beliefs and practices of the Puerto Rican family. Also to gain knowledge of how Trans-cultural Nursing enables the nurse to provide culturally congruent, meaningful, and beneficial health care for this population.

Health practices, values, and beliefs of a group cannot be isolated or treated apart from the context of culture. Most cultures have devised health practices that fit their own particular ways of life and these practices are not easily relinquished by members of the culture. (Leininger, 1967).

The theory of culture care (Leininger, 1991a) served as the theoretical perspective for this paper. This theory provided a structure in which to view the social... View More »

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This word is still used to designate the people and island of Puerto Rico.

With industrialization and migration of people from other countries like Africa, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, Germany and Lebanon to Puerto Rico; this movement contributed to the cultural and racial mix that makes the Puerto Rican culture unlike any other.

Over the centuries, the Spaniards fought off attempts by the French, Dutch and the British to capture control of the island. Nevertheless after the Spanish American War, the Treaty of Paris surrenders Puerto Rico to the United States in 1899, thus adding American influence to the culture. In 1917 Puerto Ricans were given U.S. citizenship. In 1952 the people voted in favor of commonwealth status. (Transcultural Nursing Assessment & Intervention 2004).

As U.S. citizens, Puerto Ricans are subject to military service and most federal laws, and they have free movement in and out of the United States. Today more than 2.7 million Puerto Ricans reside in mainland United States, mainly in the Northeast, with large numbers in New York and Metropolitan New Jersey (U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Census, Summary file 3, 2002; Time Almanac with Information Please, 2002)

As a child growing up in the South, my exposure to Puerto Ricans was limited. It wasn’t until I relocated to New York as an adult in 1980 that I had close encounters with this particular group of people. My knowledge and view of Puerto Ricans was strictly based on other people’s opinions and stereotypes. I didn’t bother to learn anything about their culture because I ...

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