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The Effects of Race, Ethnicity, and Mood/Anxiety Disorders on the Chronic Physical Health Conditions of Men From a National Sample

Johnson-Lawrence, V. and Griffith, D. M. and Watkins, D. C. (2013) The Effects of Race, Ethnicity, and Mood/Anxiety Disorders on the Chronic Physical Health Conditions of Men From a National Sample. American Journal of Men's Health, 7 (4 Supp). 58S. ISSN 1557-9883

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Abstract

Racial/ethnic differences in health are evident among men. Previous work suggests associations between mental and physical health but few studies have examined how mood/anxiety disorders and chronic physical health conditions covary by age, race, and ethnicity among men. Using data from 1,277 African American, 629 Caribbean Black, and 371 non-Hispanic White men from the National Survey of American Life, we examined associations between race/ethnicity and experiencing one or more chronic physical health conditions in logistic regression models stratified by age and 12-month mood/anxiety disorder status. Among men <45 years without mood/anxiety disorders, Caribbean Blacks had lower odds of chronic physical health conditions than Whites. Among men aged 45+ years with mood/anxiety disorders, African Americans had greater odds of chronic physical health conditions than Whites. Future studies should explore the underlying causes of such variation and how studying mental and chronic physical health problems together may help identify mechanisms that underlie racial disparities in life expectancy among men.


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Item Type: Article
Subjects: Health > Men's Health
Health > Disparities
Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases > Mental Health
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Depositing User: Ebony Edwards
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2013 12:58
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2013 12:58
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/4157

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