Title

Puerto Rican Phenotype: Understanding its Historical Underpinnings and Psychological Associations

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-2008

Abstract

The following is a historically informed review of Puerto Rican phenotype.Geared toward educating psychologists,this review discusses how variouspsychological issues associated with phenotype may have arisen as a resultof historical legacies and policies associated with race and racial mixing. Itdiscusses how these policies used various markers to demarcate an “authen-tic”Puerto Rican identity,and how we continue to reference these variableswhen defining Puerto Rican identity,despite the fact that identity is contex-tual and fluid. In reviewing the historical underpinnings and contextualnature of phenotype,it is hoped that the reader will gain a greater apprecia-tion of the role of phenotype in the lives of Puerto Ricans and understandhow phenotype,and,most importantly,historical trauma can be related to ahost of psychological concerns.

Journal

Journal of Behavioral Sciences

Volume

30

First Page

161

Last Page

180