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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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
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1971


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • History and Philosophy of Science

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