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March 1971

Mexican-American Bilingualism and the Perception of Mental Illness

Author Affiliations

Los Angeles
From the Neuropsychiatric Institute, Los Angeles.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1971;24(3):286-290. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1971.01750090092014

Attitudes towards mental illness and the usage of language are related; both reflect cultural distinctions with lasting psychological involvements. Mental health professionals are needed who possess both fluency in Spanish and sensitive understanding of the culture of the Mexican-American poor.