PSYCHOLOGICAL, anthropological, and sociological studies have reported consistent differences between Mexican or Mexican-American and Anglo-American personality structures. Lewis1-3 has published autobiographical studies of members of Mexico City families.4,5 Rorschach patterns have been reported for the Mexicans in Tepozlan by Abel and Calabrisi6 and for Mexican-Americans by Kaplan.7-9 Qualitative psychoanalytic descriptions of Mexican patients have been published by Ramirez,10 Ramirez and Parres,11 and Iturriaga.12 Finally, Diaz-Guerrero13 has constructed a modal portrait of the Mexican personality based on a questionnaire study.
If the personality differences described by these investigators do exist, they should be reflected in corresponding differences in psychopathology. Jaco's14 study of differences in incidence rates between Mexican-Americans and Anglo-Americans for hospitalized and nonhospitalized patients in the state of Texas provides some data in support of this hypothesis. The method of
MEADOW A, STOKER D. Symptomatic Behavior of Hospitalized Patients: A Study of Mexican-American and Anglo-American Patients. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1965;12(3):267–277. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1965.01720330041007
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