ERIC Number: ED193372
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Hispanic Mental Health, Drugs and Alcohol Policy Issues: Views from the Field.
Szapocznik, Jose, Ed.
This work contains three papers presented at a conference held in 1976 for the purpose of examining, from a national perspective, the status of health and human services among Hispanic Americans. The first chapter, by A. Anthony Arce, concerns mental health policy in relation to the Hispanic American community. The author delineates some of the factors that account for the underutilization of mental health services by Hispanic Americans, including: an inadequate data base on this population, cultural heterogeneity, institutional policies and practices, manpower needs, inadequate research and evaluation, and insufficient community organization. The second chapter, by David Santisteban, approaches the problem of drug abuse among Hispanic Americans as a symptom of dysfunctional family structure, a problem created by pressures to adapt within the American social context. Recommendations are offered for drug abuse prevention, Hispanic American training, and an integrated strategy that includes legislation, research, training, and treatment. In the third chapter, author Fidelia A. Masi outlines the development of alcoholism treatment services in the work setting as a highly effective model of service delivery which, unfortunately, has rarely been applied to Hispanic Americans. The author recommends that occupational alcoholism programs be established for Hispanic Americans, and that Hispanic American counselors be trained to staff such programs. (Author/GC)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami Univ., Coral Gables, FL.
Note: Not available in paper copy due to institution's restriction. For related documents see UD 020 854-856 and UD 020 859-863. Papers presented at the National Conference on Health and Human Services (lst, Los Angeles, CA, September, 1976). Some sections may be marginally legible due to broken print. Prepared by the Spanish Family Guidance Center, Department of Psychiatry.