Hispanics: Cultural Stress and Mental Disorders

  • Angel Gregorio Gómez


The Hispanics are one of the four principal ethnic minorities in the United States, and by the 1990’s they will constitute the nation’s largest minority group, exceeding twenty million. Because of a diversity of factors, socio-economic, cultural, political, linguistic, and so forth, such a conglomerate of people is always exposed to the dynamic influence and side-effects of immigration, of coping with a new alien environment, and of social readjustment. But adaptation through the process of acculturation and inculturation has its own cost. This is the case when an ethnic minority, such as the Hispanics in the United States, who have no other alternative, but to face an adverse milieu from a predominantly biased Anglo-Saxon society.


Cultural Stress Schizophreniform Disorder Walter Reed Army Medical Cultural Psychiatry Rican Family 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Angel Gregorio Gómez
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  1. 1.Puerto Rico Institute of PsychiatrySan JuanPuerto Rico

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