"It’s Like Going through an Earthquake": Anthropological Perspectives on Mental Illness and Health among Latino Immigrants

Start: Thursday, March 12, 2009 - 6:30 am

End: Thursday, March 12, 2009 - 8:00 am

Peter Guarnaccia pic                Spring 2009 LECTURE SERIES


Dr .Peter Guarnaccia is a professor in the Department of Human Ecology, a multi-disciplinary social sciences department focused on the interactions of humans with their environment. Core Faculty member of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, member of the Graduate Faculty in the Department of Anthropology and the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology.
The lecture examines in depth Latinos’ conceptions of mental illness, with a focus on depression, and their attitudes towards and expectations of mental health treatment.

This lecture summarizes several qualitative studies exploring a diverse group of Latinos’ cultural:
• understandings of mental health,
• responses to mental health treatment, and
• and barriers to care.
The lecture builds on a series of focus groups with Cuban, Mexican, and Puerto Rican participants in New Jersey and New York. The presentation ends with a call for more community-based intervention.

 Peter Guarnaccia, Ph.D. Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research Rutgers University
Thursday, March 12, 2009
12:30- 2:00 pm
UNM Student Union Bldg Lobo B

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