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This essay will identify and discuss critically the range of barriers to effective interpersonal communications, with possible steps to address them.

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This essay will identify and discuss critically the range of barriers to effective interpersonal communications, with possible steps to address them. These will look at cultural, personal and environmental issues. The role of available support services that are accessible to individuals, with the restrictions on available services will be evaluated. The effectiveness with which the skills of communication are given and received will also be evaluated. There are many barriers to communications between a vast range of people and cultures. Barriers to communications, because of cultural differences, can arise because of the lack of understanding between each culture, this could cause a clash between people. For example in some African languages there are no words for "sorry," which could make people from other cultures think the Africans rude. Cultural differences can be difficult when there is not respect between cultures. If a religion such as the Sikhs religion requires that they must wear their turbans at all times, this must be respected even if in a sterile situation. For example, a patient in hospital will wish to observe their religion even whilst having surgery. Staff supporting these individuals must be made aware of religious differences and how to treat them to show the dignity and respect that each person is entitled to. ...read more.

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When we consider people with hearing difficulties, who access all the same venues as hearing people, but can find it more difficult to relate to items of interest because of lack of poor devices, hearing aid equipment, hearing loops, which make some places remain inaccessible for them. Since the disability discrimination act, all institutions and commercial enterprises must make themselves accessible to all regardless of disability. It is hoped that this will raise awareness and will make society more inclusive of all. Our society should always remember that older people need looking after too perhaps during the winter months adverts could be run in the newspapers and on television asking people to check on an elderly neighbour you haven't seen for a few days. This would help to bring faith and caring back into a lot of communities. Councils and other service providers do provide information for Visually Impaired people and for other Cultures in the format that they require. For example, their council tax bill can be provided in Braille or Chinese or any particular language required. Some people have barriers to communication through not having a telephone. Some elderly people do not have access to modern information communications technology such as the internet or may not read and write. ...read more.

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They have to be able to engage the person's attention before any understanding can be achieved. If there is misunderstanding on both sides things can quickly escalate to frustration and anger. Support services to individuals are available through psychologists, social workers and sign language interpreters. They include training in basic makaton and help with support to read Braille. In further education, help can be provided in the form of support workers, signers and so on. An individual person centred plan is drawn up with the appropriate people, where providers can work together to ensure good levels of care are met. Courses such as British Sign Language or English as a Second Language can be found free at most colleges. For different cultures although they are able to speak and hear, there is a language barrier, which can stop effective communication, and this can be ethically unacceptable because people can cross these barriers if they choose to or try to give time to understand. Overall, barriers to communications can be a contributing factor in neglectful situations. People may suffer and be excluded because of other people's neglect or omissions to report such barriers. It is especially important in the caring profession, that we are aware and do all that we can to overcome these barriers to communication. Joyce Withey. 1387 words. Joyce Withey, Health Studies, Due Date: 19th November 2004, Barriers to effective interpersonal communications. ...read more.

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