A comparison of community and physician explanatory models of AIDS in Mexico and the United States

Roberta D. Baer, Susan Weller, Javier Garcia De Alba Garcia, Ana L. Salcedo Rocha

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Abstract

The goal of this research was to explore differences between lay and professional explanatory models both within and between two countries. We test which effect is stronger, country of residence or professional/lay status, in determining similarities and differences of explanatory models of AIDS. Interviews conducted in Guadalajara, Jalisco (Mexico) and the Edinburg-McAllen area of south Texas (United States) elicited explanatory models of AIDS. Two pairs of samples were interviewed: a physician and community sample in Mexico and a physician and community sample in the United States. Comparisons of the explanatory models indicated that there was a shared core model of AIDS across all four samples, but that physicians' models were more similar to those of lay people in their own communities than either was to samples across the border.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-22
Number of pages20
JournalMedical Anthropology Quarterly
Volume18
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2004

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Keywords

  • AIDS
  • Cross-cultural studies
  • Cultural consensus model
  • Mexico
  • United States

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  • Anthropology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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A comparison of community and physician explanatory models of AIDS in Mexico and the United States. / Baer, Roberta D.; Weller, Susan; De Alba Garcia, Javier Garcia; Salcedo Rocha, Ana L.

In: Medical Anthropology Quarterly, Vol. 18, No. 1, 03.2004, p. 3-22.

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Baer, Roberta D. ; Weller, Susan ; De Alba Garcia, Javier Garcia ; Salcedo Rocha, Ana L. / A comparison of community and physician explanatory models of AIDS in Mexico and the United States. In: Medical Anthropology Quarterly. 2004 ; Vol. 18, No. 1. pp. 3-22.
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