Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
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This thesis explores the association between susto, a Hispanic folk explanation of disease, and type 2 diabetes. This association is explored through a focus group and semi-structured interviews, with participants recruited from a population of 300 diabetes patients under treatment by a local non-profit group. Results show that not only is susto thought to be an important cause of diabetes among Hispanic diabetics and their family members, but that the meaning of susto may be changing; no longer thought of as solely a frightful event, it is a description of the resulting emotions as well. The role of emotions such as anger, sadness and stress in the etiology of diabetes is also explored. Implications of these results for health care providers working in Hispanic communities are discussed.
Diabetes; Etiological; Hispanic; Nevada; Role; Southern; Susto
Ethnology; Hispanic Americans--Study
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Wallace, Carin K, "The etiological role of susto in diabetes among Hispanics in southern Nevada" (2006). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 2079.