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Encyclopedias and Reference Materials

American Immigrant Cultures: Builders of a Nation.
Location: Zuhl Library - Reference
Call Number: E184 .A1 A63448 1997
This multi-volume set provides cultural background information on 161 ethnic groups in the United States. Each essay is signed by an expert and concludes with suggestions for further research. Health beliefs are not specifically mentioned, however readers will find the articles to be a solid introduction to the immigrant experience of a particular group.


Culture & Nursing Care: a pocket guide.
Location: Dona Ana Branch Library
Call Number: RT86.54 .C83 1998
Twenty-three ethnic groups are represented in this work, with each group having a separate chapter. Uniform in organization, each chapter covers: cultural/ethnic identity, communication, activities of daily living, food practices, symptom management, birth rituals, care of the new mother & baby, death rituals, family relationships, illness beliefs, health practices, and suggestions for further reading. As the title suggest, this is a pocket guide, therefore the entries are brief. Populations covered include: American Indians, Arab Americans, African Americans, Brazilians, Cambodians, Central Americans, Chinese Americans, Colombians, Cubans, Ethiopians, Filipinos, Gypsies, Haitians, Hmong, Iranians, Japanese Americans, Koreans, Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Russians, Samoans, South Asians, Vietnamese, and West Indians. Religious groups include: Adventist, American Indian religions, Buddhist, Catholic, Christian Scientist, Hindu, Islam, Jehovah's Witness, Jewish, Mormon, and Protestant. Population tables and maps, world maps, and an appendix exploring religious beliefs round out this handy guide.


Encyclopedia of Multicultural America
Location: Zuhl Library
Call Number: E184.A1 G14 1995
This excellent two volume set examines 100 ethnic groups, from Acadians to the Yupiat. Each signed essay is divided into sections beginning with an overview addressing a group's history, immigration and settlement patterns. The section on acculturation and assimilation includes health and mental illness, traditions, customs, beliefs, proverbs, superstitions, cuisine, traditional costumes, and holidays. A section on language contains a few phrases of greetings. Family and community explores weddings, funeral customs, and education. Separate sections address religion, employment and economic traditions, politics and government, individual and group contributions to the arts, business, and academia. Concludes with information about organizations and associations, museums and research centers, and sources for additional study.


Encyclopedia of Nursing Research.
Location: Zuhl Library - Reference
Call Number: RT81.5 .E53 1998
Typical of encyclopedias, the information provided is intended to give the reader a general introduction to a particular subject. Those interested in transcultural/multicultural medicine will find the following articles informative: Cultural/Transcultural Focus, Health of African Americans, Immigrant Women, Minority Populations: Asian Americans, and Minority Populations: Hispanic. Each article is signed by an expert in the corresponding area, and the author's credentials are provided. Includes a subject index and extensive references.


Health, United States.
Location: Branson Library - Government Documents
Call Number: Reference Desk, Doc HE 20.7042/6:
Issued annually by the Department of Health and Human Services, this work contains statistics on a variety of health issues, including health status of adults and children, risk factors, and access and utilization of health care. Many charts address selected racial and ethnic characteristics.


Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands. by Terri Morrison, et. al.
Location: Zuhl Library - Reference
Call Number: HF5389 .M67 1994
Intended for business professionals, this handy guide includes cultural overviews, behavior styles, negotiating techniques, and protocols for dealing with persons from sixty countries. Health care providers will gain interesting perspectives regarding how diverse populations process information and make decisions. Proper forms of greeting, titles of address, typical gestures, and behaviors to avoid are also covered. Entries are alphabetically arranged by country, and average five to seven pages in length. A valuable, non-medical approach.


Pocket Guide to Cultural Assessment. by Elaine M. Geissler.
Location: Zuhl Library - Reference
Call Number: Reference, RT86.54 .G45 1994
Designed to give a fast overview of people from 166 countries. Data categories include health care beliefs, birth and death rites, food preferences, perceptions of time, religion, infant feeding and child rearing practices, touch practices, national immunization requirements, pain reactions, dominance patterns, eye contact practices, language and religion. Entries are very brief, contain suggestions for further reading, and are arranged alphabetically by country.


Medical Anthropology: cross-cultural studies in health and illness.
Location: Zuhl Library - Bound Journals
Call Number: GN296 .M42
"Publishes papers that situate the relationship between human behavior, social life, and health within an anthropological context...[and] exemplif[y] and expand upon ways of understanding the biological, cultural, and politico-economic dimensions of illness and healing." Topics vary widely, and may include papers on motherhood in Morocco, cervical cancer screening in Brazil, or health status among Indians in Mexico.


Statistical Record of Health and Medicine.
Location: Zuhl Library - Reference
Call Number: RA407.3 .S74 1998
Provides almost 1,000 statistical charts about health in the United States. The sections entitled Health Status of Americans and Lifestyles and Health will be the most useful for those seeking statistics concerning the White, Black and Hispanic populations.

General Topics

Caring for Patients from Different Cultures: case studies from American Hospitals. By Geri-Ann Galanti
Location: Branson Library
Call Number: RT86.54 .G35 2004
172 case studies of actual cultural conflicts focus on communication and time orientation, pain, religion, dietary practices, family, gender, staff relations, birth, death and dying, mental health, and folk medicine. Readers should consult the subject index for quick access to case studies concerning specific ethnic and religious groups. A great resource for western medical personnel seeking examples of different cultural and religious practices and beliefs. Check out the author's web site Cultural Diversity in Healthcare


Case Studies in Cultural Diversity: a workbook. By Vernice D. Ferguson.
Location: Branson Library
Call Number: RT86.54 .C37 1999
"Contributors discuss how to facilitate care in a multicultural environment and the impact of culture on care." Populations treated include: African Americans, South Africans, Latinos, Jamaicans, Korean Americans, the elderly, and home-care patients. The multiple essays on inner city health concerns, the home bound patient, and care in nontraditional settings, such as a homeless shelter, are important contributions to this work. Also helpful are questions and analysis & discuss areas at the end of each case study.


Cultural Diversity in Health and Illness. By Rachel E. Spector.
Location: Branson Library
Call Number: RA418.5.T73 S64 2004
The author argues that health care providers have been "socialized into a distinct provider-culture", and this book explores the provider's self-awareness, patient's issues about health care delivery and acceptance of health care, and traditional health beliefs in selected populations. Divided into three units, the first unit focuses on the provider, the second on health care delivery and acceptance, and the third looks at specific populations. Asian American, African American, Hispanic American, Native American, and White ethnic communities are explored. A final chapter addresses the use of parteras (midwives) in the Texas Rio Grande Valley. The book concludes with a large bibliography. Unique features include a suggested course outline and activities for teachers and a questionnaire for determining a patient's ethnic heritage.


Culture Care Diversity and Universality: a theory of nursing. By Madeleine M. Leininger.
Location: Branson Library
Call Number: RT86.54 .C85 1993
Leininger, founder of the Transcultural Nursing Society, edits this definitive work featuring seven case studies exploring the basic tenets and philosophy of transcultural care. Tables outline findings on the cultural values of 23 different American cultures, including: African, Italian, Mexican, Philippine, Japanese, Vietnamese, Haitian, Arab, Chinese, Polish, German, Greek, Lithuanian, Swedish, Finnish, and Danish. Additional information covers Amish, Jewish, Appalachian, Gadsup Akuna of New covers Amish, Jewish, Appalachian, Gadsup Akuna of New Guinea, North American Indians, and Southeast Indian Americans.


Family Ethnicity: strength in diversity. By Harriette Pipes McAdoo.
Location: Zuhl Library
Call Number: E184.A1 F33 1993
Provides information about various cultural elements families draw upon to define their existence. Part one provides general essays on family ethnicity in America, while subsequent chapters focus specifically on Native Americans, Native Hawaiians, Mexican Americans and Americans of Spanish origins, African Americans, Muslim Americans, and Asian Americans. Extensive suggestions for further reading, separate subject and author indexes, and clearly credentialed authors.


Rethinking Ethnicity and Health Care: a sociocultural perspective. By Grace Xuequin Ma and George Henderson.
Location: Branson Library
Call Number: RA448.4 .R48 1999
Essays by several health care providers are divided into four parts: sociocultural dimensions of health care, health care service issues, complementary/alternative medicine, and future issues. In-depth essays cover ethnicity, race, access to health insurance, and responsiveness of health care workers. Specific populations are addressed in articles about Asian Americans, Native Americans, Alaskans, African Americans, Chinese Americans and Mexican Americans. Interesting sub-topics examine the role of healing and prophecy in "Black spiritual churches," the impact of Chinese medicine on America, folk medicine in Mexican American families, and mysticism and peyote in Native American health.


Transcultural health care. by George Henderson, Martha Primeaux
Location: Branson Library
Call Number: RA448.4 .T7


Transcultural health care issues and conditions. by Madeleine Leininger
Location: Branson Library
Call Number: RA418 .T69


Transcultural Health Care: a culturally competent approach. By Larry D. Purnell and Betty J. Paulanka.
Location: Alamogordo Library
Call Number: RA418.5.T73 T73 1998
Intended to introduce a conceptual model for learning about culture and to describe characteristics of selected ethnic groups. A basic introduction to transcultural health care begins the book. The second chapter presents Purnell's Model for Cultural Competence. The next sixteen chapters examine specific ethnic groups, such as: African American, Amish, Appalachians, Arab Americans, Chinese Americans, Cuban Americans, Egyptian Americans, Filipino Americans, French Canadians, Greek Americans, Iranians, Irish Americans, Jewish Americans, Mexican Americans, Navajo Indians, and Vietnamese Americans. Each chapter is co-authored by a health professional and, where possible, a member of the specified community. The author's credentials are clearly stated, each chapter begins with a list of key terms, and concludes with a case study, study questions and suggested reading lists.


Transcultural Nursing: assessment and intervention. By Joyce Newman Giger and Ruth Elaine Davidhizar.
Location: Branson Library
Call Number: RT86.54 .T73 1999
The third edition of this textbook is divided into two sections. The first section addresses the "framework for cultural assessment and intervention techniques" and covers topics such as communication, personal space, social organization, time perceptions, environmental control, and biological variations. The second, more lengthy part of the book concerns individual ethnic groups who have settled in the United States: African, Mexican, Russian, Irish, Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Vietnamese, Haitian, Jewish, and Korean Americans, as well as Navajos, Appalachians, Eskimos, East Indiana Hindu, and French Canadians of Quebec Origin. Each chapter begins with clearly stated objectives, and proceeds to address the aforementioned framework topics as the topics relate to each group. A case study, nursing care plan, study questions and lengthy reading lists round out each chapter.


Understanding Cultural Diversity: culture, curriculum, and community in nursing. By Mary Lebreck Kelley and Virginia Macken Fitzsimons.
Location: Branson Library
Call Number: R737 .U55 2000
The individually authored chapters of this book are divided into four parts: culture, curriculum, community, and administrative metaphors. The authors' primary focus is on the "cultural and philosophical underpinnings of the teaching-learning experience...." Many of the chapters in the community section address specific ethnic populations such as: men, the homeless, Native, Filipino, Hispanic, Puerto Rican and Asian Indian Americans. Readers interested in specific populations, integrating cultural understanding into nursing curriculum, and enhancing nursing faculty teaching styles through cultural sensitivity to nursing students will find this book helpful.

Workbooks and Training Materials

Culture and the Clinical Encounter: an intercultural sensitizer for the health professional. By Rena C. Gropper.
Location: Alamogordo Library
Call Number: RA418.5.T73 G76 1996
Contains a series of "critical incidents" involving various cultural groups and settings. The reader, choosing one of four possible incident solutions, is directed to other parts of the book which contain explanations for each option selected. A separate, exceptionally brief chapter provides a cursory discussion of body language, family roles, listening, personal names, and truthfulness. Users should consult the index to find culturally specific exercises.


Experiential Activities for Intercultural Learning. by H. Ned Seelye, ed.
Location: Zuhl Library
Call Number: LC1099.3 .E97 1996
A unique collection of exercises designed "...to engender understanding and skill in one facet or another of intercultural contact." A sampling of topics includes stereotypes, self-disclosure, work values, racism, and personal space. Useful to enhance personal or group cultural sensitivity.
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