To the Editor.

In Southern California, Agran et al found that Hispanic (mainly Mexican) children had much higher rates of serious injury requiring hospitalization than did non-Hispanic white children. To investigate possible reasons for this disparity, we designed an ethnographic study involving in-depth interviews and observations in homes in geographical areas where large numbers of such injuries had occurred. Our subjects consisted of Mexican mothers (born and educated in Mexico), Mexican American mothers (of Mexican ancestry but born and educated in the United States), and non-Hispanic US-born white mothers. We assumed that the children in these families would have the same racial and ethnic identity as their mothers and that in this way we could study possible effects of cultural factors on injury rates.

We found that the children of the Mexican and Mexican American mothers did indeed share their mothers' ethnicities, but of the 30 white mothers interviewed,...

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