Cultural Relativity and Poverty

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  • Miriam E. Martin R.N., Ph.D.,

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    1. Miriam Martin is Associate Professor, College of Nursing, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina.
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  • Marshelle Henry R.N., B.S.N.

    1. Miriam Martin is Associate Professor, College of Nursing, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina.
    2. Marshelle Henry is Interim Head Nurse, Jewish Home for the Aged, San Francisco, California.
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Address correspondence to Miriam Martin, College of Nursing, University of South Carolina, Columbia SC 29208.

Abstract:

The nurse who practices from a perspective of cultural relativity attempts to understand client behaviors within the context of the clients’culture. Viewing customs (behaviors) as a reflection of client beliefs and values can enhance the nurse's effectiveness with clients in poverty. This paper presents a case study in which a culturally relativistic perspective was used to assess and intervene with a family living in poverty.

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