The purpose is to conduct a cultural self-assessment.
- You will read each of the boxes in Chapter 2 of your textbook (one for each domain of the Purnell Model for Cultural Competence), answer these questions as they relate to you.
- Remember to answer these questions from your personal perspective. At all times, explain why you do or do not adhere to the dominant cultural practices and beliefs of the ethnic group(s) with which you primarily identify.
- If you do not wish to self-disclose a specific area from the Organizing Framework, indicate so instead of just not addressing it; of course, this should not happen very often.
Cultural self-assessment is an essential process in understanding one’s beliefs and values, and how they relate to their cultural background. The Purnell Model for Cultural Competence provides a framework for conducting a cultural self-assessment, which includes twelve domains, organized into six categories. In this essay, I will conduct a cultural self-assessment using the Purnell Model and provide insights into my beliefs and values as they relate to my cultural background.
The first domain of the Purnell Model is Overview/Heritage. This domain refers to the individual’s ethnicity, religion, language, and socioeconomic status. I identify primarily as a person of Asian ethnicity, with a religion of Buddhism. I am fluent in both English and my native language. Growing up, my family had a middle-class socioeconomic status, which has influenced my beliefs and values in terms of the importance of education and hard work.
The second domain is Communication. This domain refers to the individual’s verbal and nonverbal communication patterns, as well as their preferred method of communication. As someone who grew up in a bilingual household, I have learned to communicate effectively in both English and my native language. I tend to use more indirect communication styles, which is common in Asian cultures.
The third domain is Family Roles and Organization. This domain refers to the structure and function of the individual’s family, as well as their roles within the family. In my family, there was a clear division of labor, with my parents taking on traditional gender roles. However, as I grew older, my parents encouraged me to pursue my passions and interests, regardless of gender norms.
The fourth domain is Workforce Issues. This domain refers to the individual’s work-related beliefs and values, as well as their experiences with discrimination and bias. As someone who works in a diverse workplace, I understand the importance of cultural competence and respect for individual differences. However, I have also experienced discrimination and bias based on my ethnicity.
The fifth domain is Biocultural Ecology. This domain refers to the individual’s beliefs and practices related to health and illness. Growing up, my family used traditional remedies and practices to treat illnesses. However, as I have learned more about Western medicine, I have come to value the importance of evidence-based practices.
The sixth and final domain is High-Risk Behaviors. This domain refers to the individual’s beliefs and practices related to risky behaviors such as substance abuse, sexual behavior, and violence. As someone who values education and personal growth, I have always tried to make responsible decisions and avoid risky behaviors.
In conclusion, conducting a cultural self-assessment using the Purnell Model has provided me with valuable insights into my beliefs and values. While I may not adhere to all of the dominant cultural practices and beliefs of my ethnic group, understanding my cultural background has allowed me to appreciate and respect the differences of others. By increasing my cultural competence, I can better navigate diverse environments and work towards creating a more inclusive and respectful society.