Suggestions for psychologists working with Mexican American individuals and families in health care settings

Poonam Sharma, Stella Beatriz Kerl

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Abstract

The number of Mexican Americans in the United States continues to grow at a rapid rate. As these numbers increase, so does the likelihood that Mexican Americans will eventually come into direct contact with the health care system. Mexican Americans with traditional Mexican attitudes, values, and behaviors encounter barriers as they attempt to access medical and rehabilitative care. Issues such as acculturation, language, family, interdependence, attitudes toward authority, and time orientation are some of the areas that may present challenges to rehabilitation staff. Psychologists working in health care facilities who have the cultural competence to intervene effectively with the Mexican American patient can play an important role in helping to remove some of these barriers. Specific suggestions for working with Mexican American patients are offered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)230-239
Number of pages10
JournalRehabilitation Psychology
Volume47
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Health Professions(all)
  • Clinical Psychology

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Suggestions for psychologists working with Mexican American individuals and families in health care settings. / Sharma, Poonam; Kerl, Stella Beatriz.

In: Rehabilitation Psychology, Vol. 47, No. 2, 2002, p. 230-239.

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