"It's Medicine to Me": Examining Coping Resources and Strategies Utilized in the Sweat Lodge Ritual Experience to Improve Health of Mexican Americans


This study contributes an Indigenous-based framework to minority stress process theory to study Mexican American health and well-being. The potental for a sense of connection to Indigeneity and group singing and drumming experiences in sweat lodges to act as a buffer to stress and to improve the well-being of Mexican Americans is examined. Implications for interventions to strengthen positive coping and health in Mexican Indigenous communities are also discussed.

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