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DHO Chapter 9

Cultural Diversity

TermDefinition
acculturation the process of learning the beliefs and behaviors of a dominant culture and assuming some of the characteristics, does occur.
agnostic an individual who believes that the existence of God cannot be proved or disapproved
atheist a person who does not believe in any deity
bias a preference that inhibits impartial judgement
cultural assimilation the newly arrived cultural group alter unique beliefs and behaviors and adopt the ways of the dominant culture
cultural diversity differences based on cultural, ethnic, and racial factors
culture the values, beliefs, attitudes, languages, symbols, rituals, behaviors, and customs unique to a particular group of people and passed from one generation to the next
ethnicity a classification of people based on national origin and/or culture
ethnocentric individuals who believe in the supremacy of their own ethnic group
extended family includes the nucler family plus grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins
holistic care care that provides for the well-being of the of the whole person and meets not only physical needs, but also social, emotional, and mental needs
matriarchal the mother or oldest female is the authority figure
monotheist believe in the existence of one God, a characteristic of Judaism, Christianity, and the Islamic religion
nuclear family usually consists of a mother, father, and children
patriarchal the father or oldest male is the authority figure
personal space often called territorial space, describes the distance people require to feel comfortable while interacting with others
polytheist worship and believe in many gods
prejudice prejudge; a strong feeling or belief about a person or subject that is formed without reviewing facts or information
race a classification of people based on physical or biological characteristics such as skin color, hair color, eye color, blood type, and bone structure
religion an organizd system of belief in a superhuman power or higher power
sensitivity the ability to recognize and appreciate the personal characteristics of others
spirituality the beliefs indivduals have about themselves, their connections with others, and relationship with a higher power
stereotyping an assumption is made that everyone in a particular group is the same
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