• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Barriers of Communication

Extracts from this document...


Cultural Differences are a barrier to communication, it is a variation between cultures because people come from different backgrounds, and have different beliefs and opinions. Some people may think your being racist because of the way you speak to them and if you argue back to them about their opinions and beliefs, they may get offended. Cultural Differences also means the way people dress, their religions, interests and the kind of food they may eat. Some people from different cultures are vegetarians, and some people such as Muslims can only eat Halal food. They may also listen to different kinds of music, in other languages. A way to overcome this barrier is to respect other people's opinions and beliefs. Foreign languages are languages that come from other countries. Foreign languages are a barrier to communication, e.g. you might speak to someone in English but the other person may speak in German with you so you wouldn't be able to communicate with them due to the language you speak in, this is a barrier to communication. ...read more.


Active listening would also help the disabled person because if you don't listen to a blind person properly, they may get annoyed with you, so you may not be able to get the right message to/from the person. If someone is deaf, they can make the use of technological aids such as using hearing aids. Objects of reference would also help deaf people understanding what you are trying to show them or what you are telling them. Distress is another barrier to communication, e.g. if someone is upset and you tried talking to them, they may be rude to you or may not answer back in a nice way. Body language is one of the main things that a distressed person may use, they may want to tell you what they are upset about, so that would be an easier way for you to understand the situation they are in. A way to overcome this barrier to communication is to give them sympathy and try touch or contact, this may comfort them in a way of support. ...read more.


Speaking slang may be another barrier to communication because if a person was from London and you where from Middlesbrough, and you spoke in informal language, they may not feel comfortable talking to you and may not be able to understand what you are talking about. Slang words are words or phrases that are used to make words or phrases shorter and easier to say. Slang is mainly made by the young generation in a local community. A way to overcome this barrier to communication is to speak in formal language and clearly, so they could understand what you are talking about. Inappropriate behaviour is a barrier to communication, e.g. If you are picking your nose or playing with your hair, people might think your getting bored or are not bothered about what the person is talking about. A way to overcome this barrier to communication is to stop fidgeting with things and sorting your posture out. - 1 - ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Health and Social Care section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Here's what a teacher thought of this essay

3 star(s)

Overall this is a good piece of work. The writer identifies a number of barriers to communication and then adds examples to illustarte their understanding. Relevant solutions are offered. Some statements remain unexplained.
Star rating: 3

Marked by teacher Renata Andrzejewska 30/11/2013

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Health and Social Care essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Positive and Negative Influences on Individuals at Different Life Stages.

    4 star(s)

    and it could be difficult to leave close friends, also they may have to start a new school where they have to start again. Employment can negatively affect an adult because they have to balance work around childcare, also it can be stressful and tiring.

  2. Marked by a teacher

    Individual Needs in Health & Social Care

    3 star(s)

    A disability or illness may affect physical fitness, restrict access to varied learning activities, cause emotional distress and reduce social opportunities. Socio economic factors: Socio economic factors include income, ethnicity, sense of community and other such factors. Employment: it is a job allows you to use your expertise and develop new skills and knowledge, which is intellectually stimulating.

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Understanding effective communication

    Norming: by agreeing someone?s opinion that is being discussed in the group 4. Performing: the person becomes more confidence and flexible in group discussion to be able to achieve effective performing group. P3 explain factors that may influence communication and interpersonal interactions in health and social care environment Speech: The

  2. Diploma in health and social care essay on communication.


  1. Discuss the care strategies that can be used to support individuals with each of ...

    Aids of living are a large support for somebody with Alzheimer?s as they starts to loose there recent memory they may need this extra support such as mobility support, memory joggers and instructions. Flash cards can start to become a regular memory exercise to slow the memory loss process down.

  2. Michael Argyle's communication cycle and Tuckmans stages of group interaction.

    Tuckman?s stages of group interaction Trying to communicate in a group can be hard as individuals may start talking over one another. However communicating in a group can be influenced by the amount of individuals that think they belong together.

  1. Health and social level 3 Unit 12 Public Health

    The black report The black report was the result of the inquiry. This produced hard evidence of considerable social class differences in health experiences. It was demonstrated that although overall health had improved since the introduction of the welfare state, there were widespread health inequalities.

  2. Argyle's and Tuckman's Theories of Communication.

    Linked to the above example I would choose my words carefully to be supportive but also give them the opportunity to express their feelings Step 3- send the message When sending a message communicate clearly and making sure that you?re saying the right things at the right time.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work