Prevention of Depression in Latinos

  • John E. Pérez
  • Ricardo F. Muñoz
Part of the Issues in Children's and Families' Lives book series (IICL, volume 8)

Personal Journey: John Pérez

My interest in depression stemmed from a love of psychology and a desire to reduce unnecessary human suffering. Among the disorders that cause suffering, depression is one of the most pervasive. I saw an opportunity for psychosocial interventions to make a significant impact on alleviating the suffering caused by depression. Moreover, I was intrigued by the role of culture in shaping the phenomenology of depression. My thinking was shaped by Arthur Kleinman’s and Byron Good’s (1985) edited book, Culture and Depression, which provided anthropological and ethnopsychiatric perspectives on the etiology of depression, symptoms of depression, and help-seeking behavior. In the summer of 1997, I participated in a Fogarty International research training project in Mexico that was led by Steve López of UCLA. Under the direction of Pablo Farías and George Collier, I had the opportunity to study indigenous categories of mental illness among the highland Maya of...


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