A criança e a família em contexto multicultural

  • Isménia de Fátima Gonçalves (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


This document, developed within the Curriculum Stage Unit, integrated on the Professional Master's Degree in Nursing - area of specialization in Pediatrics and Child Health, results from a critical and reflective analysis of all the experience on the Curriculum Stage Unit, which led to the acquisition of skills on the activities undertaken and resources used, underpinned by the consolidation of scientific knowledge, but also the result of learning work. Its purpose is to raise awareness about the foundation and assumptions that underlie the subject area across all stages - The Child and Family in Cross-Cultural Context, as well as Madeleine Leininger’s (a pioneer in the field of cross-culturality) theoretical model based on cross-culturality, but we also refer to other authors that are notorious in this and other related themes. We established as a general/transversal objective: developing skills in providing nursing care to children/youth/family in a cross-cultural perspective, within the tasks assigned to EESIP. This whole way has been developed in contexts marked by strong cross-culturality, namely, at the Oeiras Group Health Centre (ACES), in the Pediatric Cardiology Department - Santa Marta Hospital in Lisbon, at the Neonatal Care Unit - Dr. Alfredo da Costa Maternity in Lisbon and in the Pediatric Emergency Department - Fernando Fonseca Hospital - Amadora Sintra, where it was possible to mobilize knowledge and past experiences in order to emphasize the importance of building a cross-cultural nursing based on scientific and human principles. Thus, all the developed interventions with children, youth and family were based on assumptions of a culturally congruent and sensitive care. Among those interventions, we highlight the preparation of a document that explain the practice of nursing care of children/family (Signs of Children and Youth at Risk or Danger Sheet), four translations of Home Guides to Creole and English, the project planning for implementation of a Mutual Help Group for Parents of Children with Chronic Illness.
Date of AwardMay 2011
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorMargarida Lourenço (Supervisor)


  • Child
  • Family
  • Cross-culturality
  • Culturally sensitive care


  • Mestrado em Enfermagem

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