Examining rural and urban cultural models of nervios in Honduras through a biocultural lens

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dc.contributor Dressler, William W.
dc.contributor Lynn, Christopher D.
dc.contributor Snow, Andrea Lynn
dc.contributor.advisor Oths, Kathryn S.
dc.contributor.author Stein, Max Jacob
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T16:34:10Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T16:34:10Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000991
dc.identifier.other Stein_alatus_0004M_11160
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/1478
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Biocultural medical anthropology connects health outcomes to the local ecology. Much research has examined how culture influences illness beliefs, cognitively held in cultural models which are schematic representations that are widely shared and employed in social life. Consequently, rural/urban differences in the Honduran population may produce distinct cultural models of the illness nervios, a syndrome which shares several similarities with generalized anxiety disorder and major depressive disorder but is not formally recognized in biomedicine. Cultural domain analysis was carried out on a total of n=50 participants in San Pedro Sula and Copán Ruinas to test the hypothesis that Honduran urban participants' cultural model of nervios corresponds more closely to biomedical diagnostic criteria for generalized anxiety disorder and major depressive disorder than that of rural ones. Urban participants were found to name fewer symptoms of nervios overall, but those they did name were more likely to match DSM-IV criteria. Conclusions extend the investigation of cultural syndromes to a previously unstudied region, contribute relevant scholarship regarding the cultural syndrome nervios, expand the investigation of the relationship between illness and culture, and add to relevant discussion in cognitive anthropology concerning how cultural models emerge.
dc.format.extent 149 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Cultural anthropology
dc.subject.other Physical anthropology
dc.title Examining rural and urban cultural models of nervios in Honduras through a biocultural lens
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Anthropology
etdms.degree.discipline Anthropology
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master's
etdms.degree.name M.A.


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