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Am J Psychiatry. 1990 Nov;147(11):1449-56.

A critical review of epidemiological studies of Puerto Rican mental health.

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  • 1Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08903.


Through a review of the epidemiological literature on the mental health of Puerto Ricans and other Hispanics, the authors argue that lack of attention to cultural issues in epidemiological studies leaves many questions unanswered and raises concerns about the validity of studies in this area. The authors point out that the mental health status of Puerto Ricans in New York City is still poorly understood after 30 years of research. The roles of cultural response styles and of culturally meaningful expressions of distress in shaping responses to research interviews should be central concerns in developing research in cross-cultural psychiatry.

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