Education And Debate

Commentary: Cultural complexities should not be ignored

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7129.462 (Published 07 February 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:462
  1. Elspeth Webb, senior lecturera
  1. a Department of Child Health, University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff CF4 4XN

    There is no doubt that migrants experience cross cultural stress. Girls living in the West, but belonging to communities that are fiercely patrilineal and patriarchal, are perhaps particularly at risk. These girls do not live within one fixed culture with extrafamilial contact with another fixed culture. They live at the intersections of usually many cultures with widely different cultural norms, all of which change with time and place and influence one another. Members of …

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