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TAY GAVIN ERICKSON LECTURE SERIES - Insights for Relationships and Health from Latino Culture

Social relationships can enhance the quality of life by conferring higher levels of subjective well-being, greater resilience against adverse circumstances, and better health. To obtain these benefits, humans must navigate a complex social world where self-interest must be balanced by interest in others. In this talk, Dr. Campos asserts that Latino contexts are of theoretical and applied interest for studying these questions and present a series of studies that show that Latino cultural values that emphasize interest in others are associated with benefits for relationship quality and implications for health. 

Monday, September 26, 2022 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm
South College, Room W245 - UMass Amherst
Free, open to the public




Belinda Campos

Belinda Campos is Professor and Chair of the Department of Chicano/Latino Studies at UCI, as well as an affiliate of the School of Medicine PRIME-LC Program and the Department of Psychological Science. Dr. Campos studies factors that promote high-quality relationships, with a particular focus on understanding how sociocultural context shapes relationship experiences in ways that benefit health. The findings of her work show that sociocultural contexts that emphasize prioritizing others before the self (e.g., Latino and East Asian) can be beneficial for relationships and protective of health. This work is recognized for generating novel insights that advance scientific understanding of culture, positive emotions, relationships, and the link of relationships with health.