TITLE

Psychosocial Distress Among Latinos: A Critical Analysis of Ataques de Nervois

AUTHOR(S)
Cancela, Victor De La; Guarnaccia, Peter J.; Carrillo, Emilio
PUB. DATE
November 1986
SOURCE
Humanity & Society;Nov86, Vol. 10 Issue 4, p431
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article analyzes preliminary theoretical formulations drawn from a pilot study of ten Latino subjects living in urban northeast of the U.S. and an extensive review of the available literature. Subjects were persons who had discussed experiences of ataques as part of their medical or mental health visits with two authors. Five of the women interviewed were Puerto Rican and two Central American. Three men were also interviewed, one each from Puerto Rico, Cuba and Central America. This article provides the reader with a general definition of ataques de nervios, a description of how they are portrayed in the dominant social science and clinical literature and a critique of these perspectives. Critical theory represents a selection and organization of existing social knowledge revealing the contradictory, adaptive, regressive and dynamic features of social phenomenon. It attends to class, economics and history, from an interpersonal, systemic and feminist informed view.
ACCESSION #
11629345

 

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