cultural barriers

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Impediments to communication between mainstream culture and members of a societal subgroup that is culturally distinct in significant ways can have implications for health. At a simple and obvious level, communication is impaired if the subgroup has language differences. Other important cultural barriers are imposed by major differences in values relating to marital customs, the role and status of girls and women, permitted and proscribed foods, standards of personal hygiene, etc.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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