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How can psychology contribute to our understanding of Hispanics in the United States? Edited by Amado M. Padilla, Hispanic Psychology offers students, researchers, and practitioners the most contemporary and complete view of psychological writings available today. The topics tackled by a team of social scientists include adaptation to a new culture in the United States, the role of the family in acculturation, ethnic identification for Hispanics, health and mental health service and research needs of Hispanics, and changing gender roles in Hispanic culture. This volume examines such complex subjects as Chicano male gang members, homeless female AIDS victims, and educational resiliency of students with authority and perceptivity. This book brings together diverse psychological issues that will spark an interest in anyone wishing to have a ...

Hispanic Mental Health Research: A Case for Cultural Psychiatry
Hispanic mental health research: A case for cultural psychiatry
HoracioFabrega Jr.

This chapter examines the mental health problems of Hispanics from the standpoint of cultural psychiatry, the field of study that addresses relations between culture and psychiatric illness. In the present context, it involves analyzing the influence of Hispanic culture on psychiatric illness problems of Hispanics—for example, the distribution, causes, manifestations, diagnosis, course, and treatment of such illness problems. These topics need to be examined in light of the fact that Hispanics constitute a large segment of a complexly stratified population of a pluralistic society. The way in which this society defines and handles psychiatric illness of Hispanics, viewed in relation to the way it: defines and handles ...

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