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Perceptions of Nursing Students from Two Northern Latitudes: Comparing Cultural Patterns and Norms

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Cultural norms were compared in students from two northern latitudes. Previous studies had identified similarities in the norms and beliefs of Icelanders and their decendents living in Canada and northern United States. Thirty-eight Icelandic nursing students and 49 nursing students from southeastern Minnesota responded to questionnaires eliciting demographics and amount of stress in everyday life and to Miller's Battery of International Patterns and Norms Scale. Numerous similarities in beliefs and perceptions were identified. Differences occurred in beliefs about family obligations, social acceptance, class consciousness, honesty in government officials and sense of personal and property security. Health habits and amount of everyday stress varied in these groups. Generalization of results beyond those studied is limited.


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