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COM 3013 Ch. 5: Family Conflict, COM 3013 Ch. 6: Culture and Family Communication, COM 3013 Ch. 7: Family Stress

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- The role of the family is very important, because of this Indians view themselves in groups rather than by status or as an individual. Also, families tend to do business with one another, because trust of a family is valued very highly. The Indian family system is within a collectivistic society- individuals will set aside their personal goals to focus on the good for the whole. Again, emphasizing the importance of family.

- Communication style is indirect and almost always non-confrontational; one must almost read between the lines when communicating conflict.

- Non-verbal cues are very important. When meeting, men and women do not touch initially. Personal space is also valued. Men shake hands with men. Women can shake hands with women; however, it is very rare where a man and woman will shake hands.

- Majority of Indian families practice Hinduism, close to 80.5% (1 billion) of the population. The culture bases many of it key features around the religion and plays a huge role in daily life. Even laws have been enacted to support the religion especially pertaining to marriages. Due to the religion it is hard to find a non married person of age in India, according to the faith "One is incomplete and considered unholy if they do not marry" (Parakasa 14). Because of this many families tend to be tight and there is only 13 out of 1000 marriages end in divorce. The Hindu religion also makes up many of the norms such as no shoes in homes and vegetarianism; which, is also the basis of the controversial caste system in India.

- According to our findings, India has a High Power distance. Meaning that their culture teaches that children to defer to respect and authority. That they will be more likely to obey when given direction.

- India is seen as a more Masculine style culture. Meaning most males are strong and assertive, and females adhere to "traditional gender roles" and success is very important. Therefore in their family styles, it is more common to see the males working and bringing home the money, while females usually help raise the children.