Health Care, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0313364915
  • ISBN-13: 9780313364914
  • DDC: 362.108968
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 152 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2010 | Published/Released May 2011
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2010

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The American health care system is hard enough to navigate, with its exorbitant costs, byzantine layers, and arcane procedures. For Latinos, language barriers and cultural background make this challenge particularly daunting, with the result that some prefer to rely on folk remedies and traditions and stay outside of the system altogether. This work highlights the myriad problems Latinos face in becoming fully acculturated consumers of health care. Its series of chapters by expert contributors bridges the communication gap between mainstream medical professionals who need to understand the Latino worldview and Latinos that need to adapt to the puzzling complexity of providers and insurers that make up the American health care system.

Backed by research using quantitative methods and other techniques, Health Care’s seven chapters cover topics ranging from infant care to teenage dating and sexual mores to prescription medication use by older adults. Much of the coverage focuses on problems of access and the ways in which Latinos move between mainstream health care, and the world of traditional remedies provided by botánicas (shops specializing in herbs and other healing items) and curanderos (folk healers).

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Editorial Board.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Series Foreword.
1: Why Do Hispanics in the United States Report Poor Health?.
2: Understanding Differences in Past Year Psychiatric Disorders for Latinos Living in the United States.
3: Does Americanization Have Adverse Effects on Health?: Stress, Health Habits, and Infant Health Outcomes among Puerto Ricans.
4: Nativity, Duration of Residence, Citizenship, and Access to Health Care for Hispanic Children.
5: Botánicas in America's Backyard: Uncovering the World of Latino Healers’ Herb-healing Practices in New York City.
6: “She's 16 Years-Old and There's Boys Calling Over to the House”: An Exploratory Study of Sexual Socialization in Latino Families.
7: Language Barriers Surrounding Medication Use among Older Latinos.
Selected Bibliography.
About the Editor and Contributors.