Karen Arcos - Junior, Psychology
Faculty Mentor: Stephen Lopez
Understanding Acculturation and Socialization's Effects on Mexican-origin patients with Schizophrenia and their Family
Karen Arcos is a rising junior, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Spanish. As an HSBC fellow, she currently researches the impact of acculturation and socialization on Mexican-Americans with Schizophrenia and their families. She transcribes audio-recorded interviews in English and Spanish, reviews relevant literature, and analyzes data. Because this population is under-researched, new insights gathered through this research can potentially provide treatment options designed specifically for this minority group. Through transcribing, she has honed her listening skills as she must pay close attention to and note details such as pauses and interjections, which will come in useful when assisting potential clients in my future career as a psychologist. As a bilingual English and Spanish speaker, she practiced and refined her reading and writing abilities in Spanish, as she transcribed interviews conducted in Spanish. Most importantly, she really valued the role that families play in their ill relatives' lives, which Karen can definitely relate to as someone who is totally blind. This research reaffirms her pride in her Latino heritage.