A quantitative analysis of ataque de nervios in Puerto Rico: Further examination of a cultural syndrome

Vivian E. Febo San Miguel, Peter J. Guarnaccia, Patrick E. Shrout, Roberto Lewis-Fernández, Glorisa J. Canino, Rafael R. Ramírez

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Abstract

The authors present a quantitative analysis and assessment of the symptoms of ataque de nervios. A sample of 121 individuals living in Puerto Rico provided qualitative and structured data on ataques de nervios and psychiatric correlates. A total of 77 participants reported having an ataque de nervios during their lifetimes. Their reports of symptoms associated with the ataque-episode were analyzed using factor analysis. Two dimensions emerged from the analysis, representing respectively internalizing and externalizing experiences. Results sustained the heterogeneity of ataque de nervios with a marked anxiety component. The authors discuss results in the context of classification and understanding of ataques de nervios and a model for studying cultural variance among cultural syndromes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)313-330
Number of pages18
JournalHispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences
Volume28
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2006

Keywords

  • Ataques de nervios
  • Cultural syndrome
  • Factor analysis
  • Idiom of distress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Linguistics and Language

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