My Nerves Are Bad: Puerto Rican Women Managing Mental Illness and HIV Risk

My Nerves Are Bad: Puerto Rican Women Managing Mental Illness and HIV Risk

by Sana Loue
ISBN-10:
0826517544
ISBN-13:
9780826517548
Pub. Date:
06/17/2011
Publisher:
Vanderbilt University Press

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Overview

My Nerves Are Bad: Puerto Rican Women Managing Mental Illness and HIV Risk

Over a two-year period, the author and her research team followed the lives of fifty-three Puerto Rican women living with severe mental illness as they coped with daily challenges in the areas of family, romantic relationships, employment, social services, substance use, and health care. The team interviewed the women and shadowed them at their homes, churches, schools, physicians' offices, family events, and other occasions in order to understand how their mental illness, their gender, their language, and their culture affected their relationships with others, their understandings of their own situations, and their hopes for themselves and their families.

Sana Loue lets us see the remarkable strength of many of the women and hear in their own words about their efforts to survive, despite long histories of childhood physical and sexual abuse, partner violence, substance use, poverty, and severe mental illness. We also witness the violence that surrounds them and the HIV risk that becomes a part of their lives in their efforts to survive economically and emotionally.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826517548
Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press
Publication date: 06/17/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Sana Loue is Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the Center for Minority Public Health at Case Western Reserve University. She also holds appointments in the Departments of Bioethics, Psychiatry, and Global Health. Loue is the author of more than a dozen books on gender, ethnicity, immigration, and health. Over a two-year period, the author and her research team followed the lives of fifty-three Puerto Rican women living with severe mental illness as they coped with daily challenges in the areas of family, romantic relationships, employment, social services, substance use, and health care. The team interviewed the women and shadowed them at their homes, churches, schools, physicians' offices, family events, and other occasions in order to understand how their mental illness, their gender, their language, and their culture affected their relationships with others, their understandings of their own situations, and their hopes for themselves and their families.

Table of Contents

List of Tables ix

Acknowledgments xi

1 Beyond Numbers: Faces of HIV and Mental Illness in Northeastern Ohio's Latino Communities 1

2 Living with Mental Illness 19

3 Making Ends Meet 43

4 Love Is a Four-Letter Word 61

5 Critical Others 77

6 Motherhood 95

7 Adrift: Navigating Systems and Bureaucracies 111

8 Negotiating Risk 133

9 Power, Processes, and Agency 155

Notes 163

References 177

Index 209

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