A Transcultural Perspective on Health Behavior

  • Hazel H. Weidman


An explicit transcultural perspective on health behavior has emerged since the mid-1970s. It rests upon an enduring and widely scattered research literature, primarily from the field of anthropology, the central, unifying concept of which is the concept of culture. Secondarily, it has come from the fields of sociology, psychology, social work, nursing, and medicine, the research protocols of which, increasingly, have incorporated culture as a significant variable. There is every indication that the findings of transculturally oriented research will have a profound impact upon the provision of orthodox health care and the training of biomedicai health professionals in the future (e.g., Harwood, 1981; Helman, 1984; Kleinman, 1980; Lefley & Pedersen, 1986).


Health Behavior Black American Patient Medical Anthropology Health Culture Culture Broker 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hazel H. Weidman
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  1. 1.Office of Transcultural Education and Research, Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Miami School of MedicineMiamiUSA

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