Resources for Russian families



The following cultural patterns may represent many immigrants from Russia and Eastern Europe, but do not represent all people in a community.Common medical issues and cultural concerns of Russian patients

Social structure

The family is a source of stability for Russian Americans. Elders are expected to help raise their grandchildren if both parents are working and children are expected to care for their elders in old age. Children are expected to be respectful of their elders, addressing them as Mr., Mrs., Uncle, or Aunt. The strongest personality in a Russian family (mother, father, eldest son, or eldest daughter) is usually the spokesperson and decision-maker for the family. Family members have strong kinship bonds, provide support for each other during a crisis, and are often consulted during health care planning, especially when consents for release of information are required.