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Messages Sent To Your Doctor Through Ethnic Labels

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If you are of Latin American descent, do you call yourself Chicano? Latino? Hispanic?

 

As an undergraduate at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Carlos Hipolito-Delgado, PhD, knew instinctively that the ethnic labels his fellow students chose said something about their perception of themselves and their values.

 
“There was a very clear understanding that if you identified as a member of one group, you were not a member of the other groups,” Hipolito-Delgado said. “If you called yourself Hispanic or Latino, then being called Chicano was a four-letter word.”

 

Hipolito-Delgado, an associate professor in the School of Education & Human Development at CU Denver identifies himself as Chicano because he believes it’s a way to recognize his indigenous ancestry. But his older brother identifies himself as Hispanic. His older sister identifies herself as Latina.

“We all grew up in the same house with the …

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Domestic Violence: One Latina’s Story

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Lisa S. Lenkiewicz
CTLatinoNews.com

 

For most of her life, Maria (not her real name) has been a victim of domestic abuse.

She remembers it starting when she was about age 9, but believes she blocked out earlier incidents of violence by her father, an immigrant to the U.S. from Puerto Rico, who she says was an alcoholic.

Growing up on Park Street in Hartford, Maria recalls domestic violence wasn’t a topic discussed in her largely Latino neighborhood. Her mother, also an immigrant from Puerto Rico, was active in the community. While her father abused Maria, her sister and her mother–breaking Maria’s arms and punching her in the face,–they all kept it on the “down low,” she says today in an interview with CTLatinoNews.

“Having Hispanic parents, you don’t talk about it on the outside,” Maria says.

She ran away from home at age 15, but returned after she became …

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Depression: Latinos Impacted At A Higher Rate

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Robin Williams’ death on Monday, his suicide, stunned the world. The paradox of a comedian committing suicide made the incident ponderous and perplexing. A man who made the world laugh, who was a master of touching hearts and bringing smiles to our faces, in the end, struggled to find his own happiness.

Depression is a mental health disorder that affects an estimated 1 in 10 adults. Some of these adults are comedians. Others are Latinos.

According to data collected by the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), depression affects Latinos more than any other ethnicity, and most predominantly U.S-born Latinos. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for Hispanic Americans aged 15 to 24, the third leading cause of death for those aged 25-34, and the 13th leading cause of death for Hispanics of all ages.

Unfortunately, due to the huge stigma associated with depression many Latinos …

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