"It's like going through an earthquake": Anthropological perspectives on depression among Latino immigrants

Igda E. Martínez Pincay, Peter J. Guarnaccia

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Abstract

Depression is one of the most prevalent mental illnesses in the community and is responsible for a significant amount of disability. According to epidemiological and primary care studies, Latinos suffer from depression at high rates. This paper examines in depth Latinos' conceptions of depression and their attitudes towards and expectations of mental health treatment. The aim of this paper is to summarize several qualitative studies examining Latinos' cultural understandings of mental health in general and depression in particular, as well as to obtain information about the barriers to care that this community experienced. The results are a compilation of findings from four different research projects in New Jersey and New York that examined diverse Latinos' conceptions of mental health, treatment and barriers to care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-28
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

Keywords

  • Attitudes towards treatment
  • Barriersto care
  • Depression
  • Immigration
  • Latinos

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