Normative cultural values and the experiences of mexican-american mothers in the neonatal intensive care unit

Lisa M. Cleveland, Sharon D. Horner

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Abstract

PURPOSE: To explore the experiences of Mexican-American mothers who have had infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). PARTICIPANTS: A convenience sample of 15 English-speaking, Mexican-American women was interviewed. DESIGN: The study used an exploratory qualitative approach. METHODS: Data collection was conducted through audiotaped, transcribed, semistructured, individual interviews and field notes. The 5 normative cultural values for Latino families-(1) simpatia, (2) personalismo, (3) respeto, (4) familismo, and (5) fatalismo-were used as a sensitizing framework to guide data interpretation. RESULTS: The women's discussions of their NICU experiences clearly reflect the 5 normative Latino cultural values. Positive and negative exemplars of these values are provided as evidence. CONCLUSIONS: These findings can be used to inform nursing care provided for Mexican-American mothers and their infants by assisting nurses to customize care to meet the cultural needs of this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)120-125
Number of pages6
JournalAdvances in Neonatal Care
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2012

Keywords

  • Culture
  • Hispanic
  • Mexican-American
  • Neonatal intensive care unit
  • Neonatal nursing
  • Parenting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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