Ethno-religious variation in perceptions of illness The use of illness as an explanation for deviant behavior

Sally Guttmacher, Jack Elinson

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Abstract

Differences in perception of behavior as signs of "mental" illness among eight ethno-religious groups were examined in a study of over two thousand representative New Yorkers. Perceptions of thirteen vignettes describing varying degrees of deviant or problematic behavior were ascertained and twelve of these were used in constructing a Guttman attitude scale. Ethno-religious differences were then considered by frequency of distribution of scale types. The Puerto-Rican group was found to have the most distinctive distribution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-125
Number of pages9
JournalSocial Science and Medicine
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1971

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Ethno-religious variation in perceptions of illness The use of illness as an explanation for deviant behavior. / Guttmacher, Sally; Elinson, Jack.

In: Social Science and Medicine, Vol. 5, No. 2, 1971, p. 117-125.

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