The role of folk healers in Community Mental Health services

Pedro Ruiz, John Langrod

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Abstract

This paper deals with the relationship between sociocultural factors and psychopathology in Hispanic groups in a disadvantaged urban area. The data were drawn from a 6-year collaborative undertaking between the Lincoln Community Mental Health Center and two local spiritualistic centers in the Southeast Bronx, New York. Comparisons are offered between classical mental health personnel and indigenous folk healers with emphasis on terminology, means of communication, and diagnosis techniques, as well as the utilization of social behavior and moral values. Relevant inferences are drawn regarding the broader relationship between religion and psychiatry. The importance of understanding and of utilization of local folk resources in the planning and implementation of mental health services in urban ghettos is documented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)392-398
Number of pages7
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Volume12
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1976
Externally publishedYes

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Community Mental Health Services
Community Mental Health Centers
Poverty Areas
Social Behavior
Mental Health Services
Religion
Vulnerable Populations
Psychopathology
Hispanic Americans
Terminology
Health Personnel
Psychiatry
Mental Health
health service
mental health
Communication
utilization
community
sociocultural factors
ghetto

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions(all)
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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The role of folk healers in Community Mental Health services. / Ruiz, Pedro; Langrod, John.

In: Community Mental Health Journal, Vol. 12, No. 4, 01.12.1976, p. 392-398.

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Ruiz, Pedro ; Langrod, John. / The role of folk healers in Community Mental Health services. In: Community Mental Health Journal. 1976 ; Vol. 12, No. 4. pp. 392-398.
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