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Chicano/a-Latino/a Studies

A closer look at Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Chicano Vietnam War Veterans

Cristian Monroy (2014); Mentor(s): Tomas Summers Sandoval

Abstract: Twenty-three interviews were conducted on Chicano Vietnam War Veterans for the Veteran’s History Project of the Library of Congress. Three interviews were selected as most relevant for an in-depth analysis of PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder) and the general complexities surrounding this disorder among the three veterans. General trends among the individuals were observed from the recordings in addition to the specific trends that allowed each of the cases to be unique, with reference to PTSD. The concept of familismo was a common cultural theme that affected these individuals’ experiences when dealing with this disorder. Thus, the representation of PTSD in these veterans, while back home, was dependent on familismo and such other concepts that differentiate these Chicano experiences from those of other ethnic groups.
Funding Provided by: Aubrey H. and Eileen J. Seed Student Research Fund