A Focus on Health Beliefs: What Culturally Competent Clinicians Need to Know Health beliefs influence a variety of health-related behaviors and should be regarded as an important dimension of cultural variability. Such variability may explain disparities in health-care access, compliance, and treatment outcomes for persons from culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) backgrounds. Cultural competence and client-centered service delivery require recognition of the ... Article
Article  |   July 01, 2012
A Focus on Health Beliefs: What Culturally Competent Clinicians Need to Know
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Joyce L. Harris
    The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
  • Valarie B. Fleming
    Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
  • Cheryl L. Harris
    SEDL, Austin, TX
  • Author Note
    Author Note×
    Joyce L. Harris is now retired from the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at The University of Texas at Austin. Currently, Harris serves as Coordinator of ASHA Special Interest Group 14.
    Joyce L. Harris is now retired from the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at The University of Texas at Austin. Currently, Harris serves as Coordinator of ASHA Special Interest Group 14.×
    This research was supported in part by a Reddick Award from the College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin.
    This research was supported in part by a Reddick Award from the College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin.×
  • Disclosure: Joyce L. Harris has no financial or nonfinancial relationships related to the content of this article.
    Disclosure: Joyce L. Harris has no financial or nonfinancial relationships related to the content of this article.×
  • Disclosure: Valarie B. Fleming has no financial or nonfinancial relationships related to the content of this article.
    Disclosure: Valarie B. Fleming has no financial or nonfinancial relationships related to the content of this article.×
  • Disclosure: Cheryl L. Harris has no financial or nonfinancial relationships related to the content of this article.
    Disclosure: Cheryl L. Harris has no financial or nonfinancial relationships related to the content of this article.×
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Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Professional Issues & Training / Articles
Article   |   July 01, 2012
A Focus on Health Beliefs: What Culturally Competent Clinicians Need to Know
SIG 14 Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Populations, July 2012, Vol. 19, 40-48. doi:10.1044/cds19.2.40
SIG 14 Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Populations, July 2012, Vol. 19, 40-48. doi:10.1044/cds19.2.40

Health beliefs influence a variety of health-related behaviors and should be regarded as an important dimension of cultural variability. Such variability may explain disparities in health-care access, compliance, and treatment outcomes for persons from culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) backgrounds. Cultural competence and client-centered service delivery require recognition of the effects of divergent health beliefs during clinical encounters. Assumptions derived from the Health Beliefs Model (HBM) can inform research to uncover communication-specific health beliefs held by persons from diverse populations. We conclude this article with a research protocol used to survey African American adults' knowledge and assumptions about communication processes and disorders.

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