Academic journal article Journal of Cultural Diversity

Culture & Women's Health: Building Inner Strength in Women

Academic journal article Journal of Cultural Diversity

Culture & Women's Health: Building Inner Strength in Women

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Insufficient research on women and the impact of culture present a limiting factor for sensitive interventions and health care policy. Professionals and policy makers must become more aware of possible differences in what is needed to build strength in women across the lifespan and in varied cultural contexts. This special issue examines the interrelationship of culture and women's health from a national and international perspective. The articles represent studies of Hispanic and African American women in the U.S., as well as women in Central America and Africa. The studies describe complex interactions of culture, gender, politics, and economics on women's health. The theory of inner strength in women, with its focus on enhancing strengths while living with challenging life events, is highlighted.

This special issue will enhance the formulation of gender-specific and culturally sensitive care and health policies based on the experiences and needs of women. The challenges surrounding culture and improved health outcomes are complex. The stories in this issue address these challenges. The first challenge is to create a healthcare environment where care is delivered by building and valuing the strengths of women and their families. …

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