"Chronicity," "Nervios," and community care: A case study of Puerto Rican psychiatric patients in New York City

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Abstract

The role of ethnicity, community structure, and folk concepts of mental illness in facilitating the adaptation of long term psychiatric patients to community living has received little attention. This article examines the cultural concepts of mental illness and the community involvement of 30 Puerto Rican psychiatric patients participating in a New York City treatment program. It is shown that many of the attributes usually associated with chronic mental illness do not apply to this population. It is argued that the folk concept of nervios helps to foster the integration of these patients in a wide range of community networks. The impact of gentrification on these patients' community integration is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-235
Number of pages19
JournalCulture, Medicine and Psychiatry
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1992
Externally publishedYes

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Psychiatry
mental illness
community
Community Integration
Community Networks
gentrification
Chronic Disease
chronic illness
ethnicity
Puerto Rican
Population
Mental Illness
Therapeutics
Folk

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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