Family Interview

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Inconducting my , I chose two interviewees, one from myfamily, my grandfather, and the other from my workplace, a coworker.My grandfather and I share the same cultural beliefs, and he enabledme to understand our family’s beliefs based on the cultural beliefsthat the family has been brought in. Because he has been on earth forsome years, he has witnessed the different generations on how theyperceive the cultural beliefs existing in our society. He has a firmunderstanding of the family, and he could explain the entire eventsone after the other as they happened in the society. Similarly, tounderstand the transcultural variations in the health care systembetween different cultural diversities, I decided to choose acoworker, who is an African, so that I would compare both beliefsfrom a family in the African culture and my culture. The Africanfamilies have diverse cultural beliefs, an indication that made meopt for an African interviewee than any other person from otherregions in the global.

of the responses

Thispart contains the main responses as I recorded them from theinterviewees. My coworker explains that in their African culture,there are demarcated family roles according to the gender. Some rolesare specifically meant for women while others are meant for men. Theroles that men take can rarely be done by women. In most cases, mentake roles that are outside the house while women take most of thehousehold chores. The roles do not vary from the traditionalperspective. The responsibilities of heading the family aremanifested in the hands of the father who is as well responsible formaking major decisions in the family. My grandfather squarelyidentifies that most roles in the family were, and are still sharedequally among the family members irrespective of their gender. Likein the African culture, the fathers are the head of the family andare responsible for making the family decisions (Purnell, 2013).

Inthe African culture, initiation stages and marriage are the primaryroles for every member in a particular family. Education is toosecondary for the Africans, and it depends on the individual capacitylatter than cultural motive. In our culture as my grandfatheridentifies, our culture regards education as being a primary role ineach and every family. Other roles apart from education were taken asbeing supportive to education.

Thealternative lifestyle like staying together before marriage and thedomestic partnerships are not allowed in the African culture in anyfamily as my coworker notes. Inheritance of women is common tocounter the problems of single parenting while men remarry after thedeath of their wives. In our culture, my granddad notes that theselifestyles are nothing unfamiliar, and, therefore, they are common.

Thefamily religious beliefs dominate across all the generations as mycoworker observes while my grandfather identifies that eachgeneration has an impact in the common faith. He notes that due tothe freedom to worship, some family members have joined differentdenominations.

TheAfrican families are surrounded by strange spiritual beliefsconcerning death and dying while my grandfather notes that no suchbeliefs exist in our culture.

Theculture of my coworker has special recognition to the educated familymembers. My grandfather notes that the same recognition exists formembers with special talents.

TheAfrican culture prefers verbal communication, but nonverbal isevident depending on the environment. My grandfather observes thatboth methods are useful depending on the status of the family member.Same sex relationships are forbidden in the culture of my coworkerwhile my father identifies that such relationships are common in ourculture.

Mycoworker observes there are memorable events done by some familymembers that remain notable. My grandfather has the same observationin our family. Similarly, polygamous families are common in thefamilies of my coworker whereas my grandfather observes that ourfamily members prefer monogamous families.

Differencesbetween the responses

Thefamily roles of the coworker are differentiated according to thegender whereas in our culture most activities can be done by anymember regardless of the gender. The primary role in the coworker’sfamily is initiation and marriage whereas in my culture is education.The alternative lifestyles are of no significance in our culturewhile it’s a major concern in the African context. My family doesnot have any spiritual beliefs while such beliefs are common in thecoworker’s families.


Inboth cultures and families, the fathers are the heads of thefamilies, and they are responsible for making major decisions in thefamilies. Both verbal and nonverbal communication methods are used.


Thefamily roles for both genders have been greatly influenced by theculture of the coworker and some roles, therefore, are meant forspecific genders. My grandfather notes that the culture has less todo with the family roles considering the genders of the familymembers and now the roles can be identified viewed from a commonangle that is free of bias to any gender.


Purnell,L. D. (2013). Transcultural Health Care: A Culturally CompetentApproach. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis. Interviews. Conducting Family History Interviews retrievedfrom 2016.

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