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Social class, Mexican culture, and fatalism: their effects on psychological distress.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
American journal of community psychology
Publication Date
Volume
11
Issue
4
Pages
383–399
Identifiers
PMID: 6637901
Source
Medline

Abstract

We examine the causes and consequences of fatalism in a cross-cultural setting, focusing on the ways in which a fatalistic world view may mediate the effects of social class and Mexican ethnic identity on psychological distress. We find that persons in the lower social classes and Mexicans tend to be more fatalistic than persons in the upper classes and Anglos, and that fatalism, in turn, increases psychological distress. We attempt to integrate research on the social and cultural determinants of cognitive orientations with studies of the effects of social class and Mexican culture on distress.

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