The effects of acculturation on healthcare in the Mexican-origin community: El Paso County, Texas

Aurelio Saldana, University of Texas at El Paso

Abstract

This study was built around the understanding that there is complexity in the "Hispanic"¹ health care/acculturation phenomenon. The El Paso region provides an environment where an array of cultural influences produces an acculturation process whose dynamics appear to be unique but in fact are not dissimilar to other regions where cultures are coming into contact with each other. The way borderland acculturation manifests itself in local "Hispanic" healthcare behaviors contradicts the concept of the neat move from "traditional" to the "formal" biomedical paradigm. The actual behavior observed adds support to the more complex, segmented, multi-dimensional interpretations of healthcare behavior adaptation in the "Hispanic" community.^

Subject Area

Latin American Studies|Sociology, Social Structure and Development

Recommended Citation

Saldana, Aurelio, "The effects of acculturation on healthcare in the Mexican-origin community: El Paso County, Texas" (2010). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI1483831.
http://digitalcommons.utep.edu/dissertations/AAI1483831

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