Empacho in four Latino groups: a study of intra- and inter-cultural variation in beliefs.

S. C. Weller, L. M. Pachter, Robert T Trotter II, R. D. Baer

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It is usually impossible to know if reported differences between cultures are due to cultural differences or due to a difference in the methods used to study the cultures. This paper describes a collaborative, multisite study using a shared methodology to study intra- and inter-cultural variation in beliefs. A series of standard interview schedules were used to study Latin American beliefs about empacho in Guatemala, Mexico, and in the United States (Mexican-Americans and Puerto Ricans). Results showed consistency in beliefs about empacho both within and between the four samples.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-136
Number of pages28
JournalMedical Anthropology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1993


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