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EXPLORING THE THERAPEUTIC ROLES OF SANTERIA FOR LATINX LIVING IN FLORIDA

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Date Issued:
2016
Abstract/Description:
Mental health services within Latinx communities in the United States has been greatly underutilized. Seekers of mental health support face many barriers including internalized stigmas, misconception of mental health serves and low general knowledge of mental health and wellness. For many Latinx, culturally competent mental healthcare has lacked important elements to how Latinx interpret mental healthcare services. The use of Santer�a in many in Florida and the United States has supplemented gaps left by formal mental healthcare services. Santer�a has its own stigmas within Latinx communities were its practiced, forcing many Santeros and seekers to practice in private. Lack of public knowledge of Santer�a allows Latinx with mental illness to freely seek mental healing without the worries of negative judgment and stigma. The purpose of the is thesis is to analyze how mental health services are viewed within Latinx communities in central Florida. This work also examines the various reasons why Latinos generally underutilize mental healthcare services. My research investigates the uses of Santer�a in Latinx community in Central Florida as both a religious and informal therapeutic practice. Specifically, my research examines the extent to which Santer�a practitioners fill this gap as informal therapists and counselors; representing both culturally acceptable form of mental health services as well as reflecting the thoughts and perspective of Latinx towards formal mental healthcare.
Title: EXPLORING THE THERAPEUTIC ROLES OF SANTERIA FOR LATINX LIVING IN FLORIDA.
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Name(s): Santiago, Amaris J, Author
Mishtal, Joanna, Committee Chair
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2016
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Mental health services within Latinx communities in the United States has been greatly underutilized. Seekers of mental health support face many barriers including internalized stigmas, misconception of mental health serves and low general knowledge of mental health and wellness. For many Latinx, culturally competent mental healthcare has lacked important elements to how Latinx interpret mental healthcare services. The use of Santer�a in many in Florida and the United States has supplemented gaps left by formal mental healthcare services. Santer�a has its own stigmas within Latinx communities were its practiced, forcing many Santeros and seekers to practice in private. Lack of public knowledge of Santer�a allows Latinx with mental illness to freely seek mental healing without the worries of negative judgment and stigma. The purpose of the is thesis is to analyze how mental health services are viewed within Latinx communities in central Florida. This work also examines the various reasons why Latinos generally underutilize mental healthcare services. My research investigates the uses of Santer�a in Latinx community in Central Florida as both a religious and informal therapeutic practice. Specifically, my research examines the extent to which Santer�a practitioners fill this gap as informal therapists and counselors; representing both culturally acceptable form of mental health services as well as reflecting the thoughts and perspective of Latinx towards formal mental healthcare.
Identifier: CFH2000127 (IID), ucf:45935 (fedora)
Note(s): 2016-12-01
B.A.
College of Sciences, Anthropology
Bachelors
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Subject(s): Santeria
mental health
Latinx
Florida
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFH2000127
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Host Institution: UCF

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