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Aymara Children and their Mental Health

Written by Gabriela Garcia Calderon Orbe · Translated by Gabriela García Calderón On 4 February 2014 @ 12:08 pm | No Comments

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The website Indigenous News analizes a report [1] carried out by BMC Psychiatry [2] which studied 748 children, whose ages range between 9 and 15, from nine different schools attended by low socioeconomic classes in the city of Arica [3], in northern Chile. Out of the total number of children that took part of the study, 37% were Aymara [4].

Aymara families live a traditional lifestyle. Elders advise the youth, mothers take care of household tasks and educate the children, while fathers are the bread-winners and often make family decisions.

The study concludes:

Although Aymara children have migrated from the high Andean plateau to the city, this migration has not resulted in a greater presence of anxiety and depressive symptoms. Greater involvement with the Aymara culture may be a protective factor against anxiety and depressive symptoms in Aymara children. This point to an additional benefit of maintaining cultural traditions within this population.


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[1] analizes a report: http://indigenousnews.org/2014/02/03/aymara-culture-protects-their-children-from-psychological-distress/

[2] BMC Psychiatry: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-244X/14/11

[3] Arica: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arica

[4] Aymara: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aymara_people

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