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Mind, body, and culture: Somatization among Hispanics


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  • Angel, Ronald
  • Guarnaccia, Peter J.
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    In this analysis we employ the recently released Hispanic Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (Hispanic HANES) to investigate the issue of somatization among Mexican Americans and Puerto Ricans. In order to do so, we use the physician's assessment as a control, and examine the association between depressive affect and self-perceptions of health for individuals with similar evaluated health levels. The data reveal rather dramatic discrepancies between individual's assessments of their own health and physicians' evaluations. In addition, the data reveal that, net of the physician's evaluation, individuals' assessments of their overall health status are significantly influenced by their affective states. The data also reveal a strong effect of language of interview on self-assessments of health and depressive affect.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Social Science & Medicine.

    Volume (Year): 28 (1989)
    Issue (Month): 12 (January)
    Pages: 1229-1238

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:socmed:v:28:y:1989:i:12:p:1229-1238

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    Keywords: somatization Hispanic depression physical symptoms;


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    1. Erin Hamilton & Jodi Berger Cardoso & Robert Hummer & Yolanda C. Padilla, 2011. "Assimilation and emerging health disparities among new generations of U.S. children," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 25(25), pages 783-818, December.
    2. Melonie P. Heron & Leo S. Morales, 2002. "Latino Health, Nativity and Socioeconomic Status," Working Papers 02-06, RAND Corporation Publications Department.
    3. Shell, Alyssa Marie & Peek, M. Kristen & Eschbach, Karl, 2013. "Neighborhood Hispanic composition and depressive symptoms among Mexican-descent residents of Texas City, Texas," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 99(C), pages 56-63.
    4. Iversen, Tor & Kopperud, Gry Stine, 2009. "The impact of accessibility on the use of specialist health care in Norway," HERO On line Working Paper Series 2002:9, Oslo University, Health Economics Research Programme.
    5. Melonie P. Heron & Robert F. Schoeni & Leo S. Morales, 2002. "Health Status of Older Immigrants in the United States," Working Papers 02-07, RAND Corporation Publications Department.


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