Dharma E. Cortés

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This study examines the psychometric properties of an acculturation scale specifically developed for Puerto Ricans with a sample of substance abusers residing in Puerto Rico and New York. In line with current conceptual models of acculturation, this instrument departs from a mutually exclusive or zero-sum conceptualization of acculturation by assessing(More)
We present an empirical study on the impact of linguistic and cultural tailoring of a conversational agent on its ability to change user attitudes. We designed two bilingual (English and Spanish) conversational agents to resemble members of two distinct cultures (Anglo-American and Latino) and conducted the study with participants from the two corresponding(More)
Two purposive case studies illustrate the role of habits and routines in illness management and how they are addressed in the clinical encounter. We argue habits and routines are related, but distinct constructs, and that by overlooking habits and routines, providers may be missing key opportunities to influence behaviour change. Utilization of(More)
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OBJECTIVE We examined asthma risk factors among 274 Puerto Rican children born in New York to atopic mothers. METHODS We prospectively followed the cohort to measure aeroallergens in their homes and assess allergic sensitization. Baseline data are presented. RESULTS Maternal smoking was significantly higher among women born on the continental United(More)
Culturally and linguistically appropriate outcome measures are needed to address the needs of Latino consumers of mental health services. The revised Behavior and Symptom Identification Scale (BASIS-R(c)) is an English-language consumer self-report measure designed to assess outcome of behavioral health or substance abuse treatment. This study sought to(More)
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