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ERIC Number: ED143469
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Jun-13
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
The Mexican American Woman and Mental Health.
Gibson, Guadalupe
For a long time Chicanas have been self-denying, self sacrificing. Well, it is time that Mexican American women began thinking of themselves. It follows that if women love and cherish others, they must begin by loving and cherishing themselves. From the mental health perspective it is essential that they do so, not only for their sake, but for that of those around them; for how can they truly value others if they do not value themselves. Since the Chicana has always been the mainstay of the family, the mental health of her family is dependent on her positive self-image and self-identity. In freeing herself to be herself, she is freeing others to be themselves too. This paper discusses the indicators of the Chicana's mental health--self-identity, self-image, understanding and acceptance of herself, her perceptions of the world around her and her relationships with others, her ability to handle crises and cope with stress, and her flexibility to shift roles without discomfort; the Mexican American woman within the bicultural mileau; attitudes held by mental health professionals; the concept of women from the Mexicano point of view; sexism in the language and literature; the Chicana's attitudes toward and role in the women's movement; the stereotypic views of the Mexican American woman; and the importance of the Chicana having a positive self-image and self-identity of herself. (NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Sponsor: N/A
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