One of the oldest cultures in American History is the Navajo Culture, and the people follow the Great Spirit’s four commandments and that set the tone of their beliefs. They are like, respecting the Mother Earth, respect the Great Spirit, respect fellow men and also individual freedom. The purpose of the paper is how healthcare education is spread among the Navajo Culture. The special attention will be on the psychosocial illness of people in this case. As like many other tribes and races throughout the World, these people also try to keep a distance from the civilized society. But in recent times their health is a reason for concern for the United States Government. In recent medical studies we can see that psychological illness is gripping the population in many ways. The breakneck pace of globalization is extracting the mental freshness of the people and psychological analysis is getting more and more importance. This is also happening in the Navajo Culture, and this implies for the teaching of psychosocial medical topics (Wadsworth 2009). The clients are American Indians and the natives of Alaska.
What is Psychosocial Education?
Psychosocial education is the specified stream of education that deals with the social psychology of the different teaching processes that are present in Modern World and how these settings help the people to Acclimatize with the entire changing atmosphere. This is really applicable in this case we are discussing here. The Navajo people are one of the oldest groups of people present in this part of the World. They always had problems to match up with the technological advances that were fueling the growth of the human civilization. In recent times the developments have gained more speed than ever and these types of people are getting insecure every passing day. This type of education is really needed to put them into the sphere of our modern society (Carrese 2007).
Among other aspects health promotion is one of the most important branches of teaching in this case. The recent surveys show that all of the humanity is getting under the grips of some never-seen-before diseases. These Navajo people are ignorant about these diseases and they can be affected by the diseases. Healthcare education is one of the most important parts of the educations that are to be provided (Larimore 2005).
The basic healthcare of these people is mainly dominated by religious beliefs and spiritual outcomes. Most important of all is that they are afraid in many cases to use the modern facilities, and it is mainly seen in the cases of the elder population mostly.
Indian Health Service (IHS) is the pioneer in the case of protecting the health of these people and they regularly publish charts about their findings related to these types of people. According to the reports we can say that the people have mortality cross over in the age of 85, and also one of the most specifically mentioned data can be highlighted here. American Indian people over the age of 70 have lower death rate from the four leading causes of death like diseases of “heart, cerebrovascular disorders, lung failures and malignant neoplasm but their deaths happen mostly by the other causes of death like diabetes, pneumonia, tuberculosis” (Wadsworth 2009) etc. Depression and alcoholic abuses are also two types of mental depression that are seen by these people. Mental depression some times causes suicide and also elder abuse problems are present here in this case.
To ensure the most convenient psychosocial analysis of these people there are a lot of home visits conducted by the authorities, this also immensely helps to establish a bond with the authorities and the common people. A growing number of mental health related programs that are focused on the case are providing with good results. And the most important aspect of the case is both the Indian and Native people are able to understand that the prevention of both physical and mental illness can only help them to sustain their race and creed in the future, and they must have to take help from the civilized people in this respect (Foulks 2008).
In order to educate a Navajo person in methods of relaxation, it should be noted that one of the oldest cultures of America, the Navajo people is one of the most precious cultural heritages of the Country. In recent times the Government is trying to teach the people in modern education, along with all the psychosocial educations. But, there is a problem. The Navajo people find it hard to match with the Modern culture in most of the cases. This even creates mental pressure on the people. So it is one of the most important for the educators to teach the Navajo people how to relax. There are a lot of ways in which a man can relax, and it depends on his or her personal choices. Here the educators have to put stress on the Navajo person and understand his personal choices for relaxation. Still the educator has to be careful on the fact that the person does not do any thing for relaxation that will undo all his recent learning. They also have to try to introduce them with new hobbies. By these ways the Navajo person can slowly acclimatize with the new cultures and can match them with the new and changing World (Wadsworth 2009).
In the final analysis we can surely say that the psychosocial treatment for the Navajo people is one of the very successful attempts to help the people to face the future. The health care promotional plans are presented in a format that are easily understandable by the people and ultimately go to promote health consciousness. Another very important aspect is that the teachings also focus on the mental complications that can rise in the mind of any individual in recent times. The foster health care will be also immensely benefited as the parents will learn to take care of the children. The Indian schools will include healthcare in their curriculum to wide spread the health promotion. This will lead a positive attitude towards health of the people and the thorough development of the mental and physical structure of the Navajo people and culture.
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Larimore, J. (2005). Native American student retention in U.S. postsecondary education. New Directions for Student Services, 2005(109), 17-32.
Wadsworth, M. (2009). Coping and responses to stress in Navajo adolescents: Psychometric properties of the Responses to Stress Questionnaire. Journal of Community Psychology, 32(4), 391-411.