SMU anthropologist to study mental health care needs of abused Mexican women immigrants

Colorful%20t-shirts%20350-96.jpgIn Texas, 39 percent of Hispanic women report experiencing severe abuse — yet scant research has been done to guide mental health care providers in the best way to help them.

Health care providers and policymakers say abused women who seek medical help may recover faster if providers understand the women's culture, and social and economic background, says Nia Parson. A medical anthropologist in SMU's Department of Anthropology, Parson says "cultural competency" is a way of delivering care that takes into account a person's cultural and socio-economic background.