ERIC Number: ED283889
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Culture, Disease, and Stress among Latino Immigrants. RIIES Special Study.
Cohen, Lucy M.
This study examines culture and illness among Latino immigrants living in Washington, D.C. Both newcomers and established residents with Latin American origins are included in three levels of inquiry: (1) a study of beliefs and perceptions about disease and the practices followed in the management of illness; (2) the identification of levels of stress by socio-cultural characteristics; and (3) the examination of patterns of conflict resolution. A main theme of the research is the pattern of adaptation shown by these immigrants as they enter the United States and begin to experience problems in communication, poverty, and work in the urban context. These stress-provoking problems lead to adaptive strategies which are interwoven with concepts and meanings from many ideologies. Latino responses to stress and to American health services give insight into the changing values of immigrants and the kinds of questions with which health personnel must deal in their roles as agents of these changes. Data are presented in nine chapters as follows: (1) How It Happened: Perspectives of the Anthropologist; (2) Latin American Popular Medicine and the Study of Stress; (3) Entry and Settlement of the Immigrants; (4) Patterns of Work; (5) Symptoms of Illness and Cross-Cultural Communication; (6) Syndromes of Illness and Popular Medicine; (7) The Health Opinion Survey and Measurement of Stress; (8) "Controlarse" and the Problems of Life; and (9) Latin American Immigrants Transform Society. Three appendices include letters, permission activities necessary for the research process, and surveys used in the study. The book concludes with a 135-item bibliography and a publications list of the Research Institute on Immigration and Ethnic Studies (RIIES). (VM)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Adjustment (to Environment), Diseases, Health Needs, Health Personnel, Hispanic Americans, Immigrants, Intercultural Communication, Latin American Culture, Migrants, Quality of Life, Stress Management, Undocumented Immigrants
Public Information Office, Department of Anthropology, NHB 363, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20560 (free, limit of one copy).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Researchers
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Research Inst. on Immigration and Ethnic Studies.