Commentary: Fatalismo reconsidered: A cautionary note for health-related research and practice with Latino populations

Ana F. Abraído-Lanza, Anahí Viladrich, Karen R. Flórez, Amarilis Céspedes, Alejandra N. Aguirre, Ana Alicia De La Cruz

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Abstract

Over recent years, interest has grown in studying whether fatalismo (fatalism) deters Latinos from engaging in various health promotion and disease detection behaviors, especially with regard to cancer screening. This commentary presents problematic issues posed by the concept of fatalism, focusing on research on Latinos and cancer screening. We discuss key findings in the literature, analyze methodologic and conceptual problems, and highlight structural contexts and other barriers to health care as critical to the fatalism concept. Although the need to better understand the role of fatalistic beliefs on health is great, we discuss the public health implications of reaching premature conclusions concerning the effect of fatalism on Latinos' cancer screening behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-158
Number of pages6
JournalEthnicity and Disease
Volume17
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2007

Keywords

  • Cancer sceening
  • Fatalism
  • Latino

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology

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    Abraído-Lanza, A. F., Viladrich, A., Flórez, K. R., Céspedes, A., Aguirre, A. N., & De La Cruz, A. A. (2007). Commentary: Fatalismo reconsidered: A cautionary note for health-related research and practice with Latino populations. Ethnicity and Disease, 17(1), 153-158.