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Regional variation in Latino descriptions of susto.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12572769     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Susto, a folk illness not recognized by biomedical practitioners as a disease, is now formally part of the diagnostic classification system in psychiatry as a "culture-bound syndrome." Susto has been reported among diverse groups of Latin Americans, but most of those reports are several decades old and many were conducted in Indian communities. This study focuses on contemporary descriptions of susto and uses a cross-cultural, comparative design to describe susto in three diverse Latino populations. Mestizo/ladino populations were interviewed in Guatemala, Mexico, and south Texas. An initial set of open-ended interviews was conducted with a sample of "key" informants at each site to obtain descriptive information about susto. A structured interview protocol was developed for use at all three sites, incorporating information from those initial interviews. A second set of structured interviews was then conducted with a representative sample at each site. Results indicate a good deal of consistency in reports of what susto is: what causes it, its symptoms, and how to treat it. There appear to be, however, some notable regional variations in treatments and a difference between past descriptions and contemporary reports of etiology.
Susan C Weller; Roberta D Baer; Javier Garcia de Alba Garcia; Mark Glazer; Robert Trotter; Lee Pachter; Robert E Klein
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Culture, medicine and psychiatry     Volume:  26     ISSN:  0165-005X     ISO Abbreviation:  Cult Med Psychiatry     Publication Date:  2002 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-02-07     Completed Date:  2003-04-16     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7707467     Medline TA:  Cult Med Psychiatry     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  449-72     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Texas Medical Branch, Department of Preventive Medicine, Galveston, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude to Health / ethnology*
Cross-Cultural Comparison
Family Characteristics
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Indians, South American / psychology*
Interviews as Topic
Medicine, Traditional*
Mexican Americans / psychology*
Rural Population
Somatoform Disorders / ethnology*
Stress Disorders, Traumatic / ethnology*
Urban Population

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