Hmong American Concepts of Health
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Hmong American Concepts of Health

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America's healthcare system in the twenty-first century faces a variety of pressures and challenges, not the least of which is that posed by the increasingly multicultural nature of American society itself. Large numbers among the Hmong, immigrants from the landlocked Asian nation of Laos, continue to prefer their own ancient medical traditions. That these Hmong Americans should continue to adhere to a tradition of folk medicine, rather than embrace the modern healthcare system of America, poses questions that must be answered. This book takes up the task of examining Hmong American concepts of health, illness and healing, and looks at the Hmong American experience with conventional medicine. In so doing, it identifies factors that either obstruct or enable healthcare delivery to the Hmong, specifically a target sample of Hmong Americans resident in Colorado. Drawing upon scientific methods of data collection, the research reveals attitudes currently held by a group of American citizens toward health and medicine which run the gamut from the very modern to those which have prevailed in the highlands of Southeast Asia for centuries.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 254 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138971863
  • 9781138971868

Table of contents

1. The Impact of Christianity and Refugee Resettlement on Hmong Society and Health Care 2. The Hmong Health System: A Literature Review 3. Hmong-American Health Care in Colorado 4. Hmong Cultural Beliefs Related to Health, Healing, and Illness 5. Hmong Health Behavior: Summary and Conclusions Glossary of Hmong Terms Bibliography Appendix One: Abstract of Original Dissertation Appendix Two: Forms Appendix Three: Informants by Clan Appendix Four: Tablesshow more

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