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Interview someone who has a different cultural background from your own and is of a different gender. Then, self-interview and compare your responses with the person you interviewed. Finally, using both sets of responses, write 3–5 pages in which you examine cross-cultural and cross-gender similarities and differences in health-related behaviors.

According to Huff (1999), conceptions about health and gender held by various ethnic and immigrant groups within the United States may differ from and even contradict the health concepts of the mainstream society. This assessment will give you the opportunity to examine the concept of “being healthy” across cultures and genders, as well as look at how cultural differences inform social policy related to heath care.

Required Resources

The following resources are required to complete the assessment.

Capella Resources

Click the links provided to view the following resources:

  • Health Behaviors Questionnaire.

Suggested Resources

The following optional resources are provided to support you in completing the assessment or to provide a helpful context. For additional resources, refer to the Research Resources and Supplemental Resources in the left navigation menu of your courseroom.

Library Resources

The following e-books or articles from the Capella University Library are linked directly in this course:

  • Goldberg, W. A., Kelly, E., Matthews, N. L., Kang, H., Li, W., & Sumaroka, M. (2012). The more things change, the more they stay the same: Gender, culture, and college students’ views about work and family. Journal of Social Issues, 68(4), 814–837.
  • Perrone-McGovern, K. M., Wright, S. L., Howell, D. S., & Barnum, E. L. (2014). Contextual influences on work and family roles: Gender, culture, and socioeconomic factors. Career Development Quarterly, 62(1), 21–28.
  • Rüdell, K., & Diefenbach, M. A. (2008). Current issues and new directions in psychology and health: Culture and health psychology. Why health psychologists should care about culture. Psychology & Health, 23(4), 387–390.

Assessment Instructions

Complete the following:

  • Choose a person to interview from a different cultural background and gender.
  • Use the Health Behaviors Questionnaire located in the Required Resources to interview your chosen person and yourself.
  • Write up the responses from both interviews.
  • Analyze the responses:
    • What kind of similarities and differences did you find between your definition of “being healthy” and your partner’s definition?
    • What kind of similarities and differences did you find between your responses and your partner’s responses in the attitudes and behaviors concerning gender?
    • What, if any, are the cultural values reflected in your responses and your partner’s responses? Analyze any values you discover.
    • How would you evaluate current psychological research as it relates to understanding culture, gender, and health attitudes?
    • How can the knowledge of cultural differences inform social policy related to health care?

Additional Requirements

  • Include a title page and a references page.
  • Include an introductory paragraph and a concluding paragraph.
  • Include a minimum of two research resources.
  • Be sure to follow APA guidelines for style and formatting.
  • Ensure your finished assessment should be 3–5 pages in length, excluding the title page and references page.

GENDER AND HEALTH SCORING GUIDE GRADING RUBRICCriteria Non-performance Basic Proficient Distinguished Compare and contrast different definitions of health from a cultural perspective. Does not compare and contrast different definitions of health from a cultural perspective. Compares and contrasts different definitions of health from a cultural perspective using inaccurate or incomplete information. Compares and contrasts different definitions of health from a cultural perspective. Compares and contrast different definitions of health from a cultural perspective and analyzes the relationships among the definitions. Compare and contrast gender attitudes and behaviors from a cultural perspective. Does not compare and contrast gender attitudes and behaviors from a cultural perspective. Compares and contrasts gender attitudes and behaviors from a cultural perspective using inaccurate or incomplete information. Compares and contrasts gender attitudes and behaviors from a cultural perspective. Compares and contrasts gender attitudes and behaviors from a cultural perspective and analyzes the relationships among the behaviors. Evaluate current psychological research relating to understanding culture, gender and health attitudes.Does not evaluate current psychological research relating to understanding culture, gender, and health attitudes. Evaluates current psychological research relating to understanding culture, gender, and health attitudes, using inaccurate or incomplete information. Evaluates current psychological research relating to understanding culture, gender, and health attitudes. Evaluates current psychological research relating to understanding culture, gender, and health attitudes, synthesizing foresight and various perspectives on current psychological research. Compare and contrast gender attitudes and behaviors from a cultural perspective. Does not compare and contrast gender attitudes and behaviors from a cultural perspective. Compares and contrasts and contrast gender attitudes and behaviors from a cultural perspective using inaccurate or incomplete information. Compares and contrasts gender attitudes and behaviors from a cultural perspective. Compares and contrasts gender attitudes and behaviors from a cultural perspective and analyzes the relationships between the gender attitudes. Assess how cultural differences inform social policy related to health care.Does not assess social policy related to health care. Assesses social policy related to health care using inaccurate or incomplete information. Assesses social policy related to health care. Assesses social policy related to health care and articulates challenges within the larger legal and societal context. Communicate in a manner that is professional and consistent with expectations for members of the public service profession.Communicates in a manner that is not professional or consistent with expectations for members of the psychology profession. Communicates in a manner that is inconsistent with expectations for members of the psychology profession. Communicates in a manner that is professional and consistent with expectations for members of the psychology profession. Communicates in a manner that is professional, scholarly, and consistent with expectations for members of the psychology profession. Apply proper APA formatting and style.Does not apply proper APA formatting and style. Uses adequate written communication but includes some APA errors and inconsistencies. Applies proper APA formatting and style. Applies scholarly writing and uses proper APA formatting and style throughout the assessment. 

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