Compiled under the guidance of Ilan Stavans, who The New York Times hailed as "the czar of Latino culture in the United States," this timely book highlights the myriad problems Latinos face in becoming consumers of health care. It bridges the communication gap between mainstream medical professionals who need to understand the Latino worldview and Latinos who need to adapt to the puzzling complexity of providers and insurers that comprise the American health care system.
Backed by cutting-edge research, Health Care covers topics ranging from infant care to sexual mores and prescription medication use by older adults. Much of the coverage focuses on problems of access and the ways in which Latinos move between mainstream health care and traditional remedies provided by botánicas (shops specializing in herbs and other healing items) and curanderos (folk healers). This comprehensive volume will help readers understand the effects of the life cycle, regional variation, and nativity on a recipient's health, as well as the positive aspects of Latinos adapting to the mainstream medical system.
About the Author
Ilan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture and Five College-Fortieth Anniversary Professor at Amherst College.
Table of Contents
Series Foreword Ilan Stavans vii
Why Do Hispanics in the United States Report Poor Health? Sharon Bzostek Noreen Goldman Anne Pebley 1
Understanding Differences in Past Year Psychiatric Disorders for Latinos Living in the United States Margarita Alegría Patrick E. Shrout Meghan Woo, et al 25
Does Americanization Have Adverse Effects on Health?: Stress, Health Habits, and Infant Health Outcomes among Puerto Ricans Nancy S. Landale R. S. Oropesa Daniel Llánes Bridget K. Gorman 52
Nativity, Duration of Residence, Citizenship, and Access to Health Care for Hispanic Children T. Elizabeth Durden 78
Botánicas in America's Backyard: Uncovering the World of Latino Healers' Herb-healing Practices in New York City Anahí Viladrich 86
"She's 16 Years-Old and There's Boys Calling Over to the House": An Exploratory Study of Sexual Socialization in Latino Families Marcela Raffaelli Lenna L. Ontai 109
Language Barriers Surrounding Medication Use among Older Latinos Jan E. Mutchler Gonzalo Bacigalupe Antonia Coppin Alison Gottlieb 126
Selected Bibliography 143
About the Editor and Contributors 151