ERIC Number: ED335437
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
A Study of the Mental Health Treatment of the Puerto Rican Migrant. Monograph No. 1.
Reyes, Jose; Inclan, Jaimie
This ethnographic study examines the treatment of first-generation Puerto Rican migrants at a mental health center specializing in services to Hispanic Americans. Information was gathered from observation of staff activities and interviews with staff and residents of the surrounding community. The center, located in a low-income Puerto Rican neighborhood, is easily accessible and reflects the cultural background of the people it serves. All staff are bilingual and bicultural. The following findings are highlighted: (1) therapists use alternative healing practices, such as spiritism, which provide comfort to clients and promote therapy; (2) food is an integral part of the treatment program because it represents greeting and acceptance in the Latino culture; (3) clients frequently face problems common to other economically disadvantaged groups; (4) service activities go beyond traditional counseling, including assistance in finding housing and financial aid; and (5) clients are taught the customs and ways of North American culture within the therapeutic relationship, including value orientation, acculturation, and advocacy. Four case studies are included. A 79-item bibliography is appended. (FMW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York State Office of Mental Health, Albany.
Authoring Institution: Minority Education, Research and Training Inst., New York, NY.