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Analysis of the Family Doctor's Interview Sessions and Resultant Themes
What follows is an analysis of the Family Doctor's stated themes as inferred from the
interview sessions. The Family Doctor's themes are "My family culture made me focus"; "I
always wanted to be a doctor"; "I'm kind of trying to go away from my culture"; and "I wanted a
My Family Culture Made Me Focus
For the Family Doctor, the concepts of family and education are intertwined with culture,
which appeared to be the most significant factor on the Family Doctor's educational path. While
these concepts are tied together, according to data analysis, particular incidents related by the
Family Doctor during his interview sessions seemed to support his contention that family, in
particular his parents, was the dominant influence on his educational path. However, it is also
clear how the concepts of family, culture, and education are intertwined. "My family culture
made me focus more on my education." The Family Doctor made this comment when he was
explaining how culture has affected his educational path during the final minutes of the second
interview session. He talked about the difference between the traditional Hispanic culture, which
he described as more open and focused on parties, celebrations, and enjoying life than his own
family culture, which was more closed and strict, with his parents eschewing outside contact for
themselves and their children. This internal focus within his immediate family left the Family
Doctor to his studies. "Growing up, there was nothing else to do. Stay home and study, watch
television. So that's the way I thought, so that's the way my culture affected my education. It
was just another way to get focused on my education."
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