Mexican Immigrant Mothers’ Beliefs About Disabilities Gault Maestas Erickson Perceptions of health and illness are related to how people view themselves and their relationship with the world (Spector, 1979), and these perceptions vary with cultures. As Helman (1984)  stated, One cannot really understand how people react to illness, death or other misfortune without an understanding ... Viewpoint
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Mexican Immigrant Mothers’ Beliefs About Disabilities
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Annette Gault Maestas
    Albuquerque Public Schools, New Mexico
  • Joan Good Erickson, PhD
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Department of Speech & Hearing Science, 901 South Sixth Street, Champaign, IL 61820
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Mexican Immigrant Mothers’ Beliefs About Disabilities
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, September 1992, Vol. 1, 5-10. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0104.05
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, September 1992, Vol. 1, 5-10. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0104.05
Gault Maestas
Erickson
Perceptions of health and illness are related to how people view themselves and their relationship with the world (Spector, 1979), and these perceptions vary with cultures. As Helman (1984)  stated,

One cannot really understand how people react to illness, death or other misfortune without an understanding of the type of culture that they have grown up in, or acquired—that is, of the lens through which they are perceiving and interpreting the world. (p. 4)

Therefore, cultural attitudes toward disability vary throughout the world and within the many subcultures of American society (Seligman & Darling, 1990). All health belief systems are pluralistic and may include a biomedical component.
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