Urdaneta ML, Aguilar M, Livingston J, Gonzales-Bogran S, Kaye CI. 2001. Understanding Mexican American cultural beliefs and traditional healing practices: A guide for genetic service providers in South Texas. San Antonio, TX: University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Department of Pediatrics, 115 pp.
Annotation: This guide, which is intended to help reduce cultural barriers to the provision of genetic services in South Texas, includes information from interviews with Mexican-American Medicaid clients, traditional healers, and genetic services providers, as well as information from the literature. The guide is divided into eight main sections: (1) who are Mexican Americans, (2) cultural values and beliefs and their relationship to health behaviors, (3) what is curanderismo, (4) Mexican American folk beliefs regarding genetic and other conditions, (5) cultural competence and genetic practice, (6) barriers to obtaining genetic services, and (7) other cultural beliefs regarding health and illness. A tool kit at the end of the guide contains supplemental information and resources. The guide also includes a bibliography. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]
Contact: University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio, TX 78229, Telephone: (210) 567-7000 Web Site: http://www.uthscsa.edu Available from the website.
Keywords: Cultural barriers, Cultural beliefs, Cultural factors, Cultural sensitivity, Culturally competent services, Folk medicine, Genetic services, Hispanics, MCH research, Medicaid, Mexican Americans, Resource materials, Texas