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The Extended Family

For the Latino community, it is important to have a doctor that is considered to be part of the family.  In addition to the immediate family and aunts and uncles, family members can include “honorary” family members that are not blood related.  Which includes godparents and family friends.  The extended family members also provide


A great deal of importance is placed on family relations among the Latino population.  The motto of 'the family comes first' is embedded into the family member's values at an early age.  Family members are expected to be involved in decisions. 


Focuses on the inner importance of the person; the family is also viewed as an extension of the person. 


Accessibility | Privacy | ASU Disclaimer This site was created by Adriana Carrasco in fulfillment of requirements for the course TCL 323 : Latino Health Issues taught by Dr. Szkupinski Quiroga at Arizona State University, Fall 2009.