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Prevalence of Psychiatric Disorders Across Latino Subgroups in the United States

Alegría, Margarita and Mulvaney-Day, Norah and Torres, Maria and Polo, Antonio and Cao, Zhun and Canino, Glorisa (2007) Prevalence of Psychiatric Disorders Across Latino Subgroups in the United States. American Journal of Public Health, 97 (1). pp. 68-75. ISSN 0090-0036

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Objectives. We examined the prevalence of depressive, anxiety, and substance use disorders among Latinos residing in the United States. Methods. We used data from the National Latino and Asian American Study, which included a nationally representative sample of Latinos. We calculated weighted prevalence rates of lifetime and past-year psychiatric disorders across different sociodemographic, ethnic, and immigration groups. Results. Lifetime psychiatric disorder prevalence estimates were 28.1% for men and 30.2% for women. Puerto Ricans had the highest overall prevalence rate among the Latino ethnic groups assessed. Increased rates of psychiatric disorders were observed among US-born, English-language-proficient, and third-generation Latinos. Conclusions. Our results provide important information about potential correlates of psychiatric problems among Latinos that can inform clinical practice and guide program development. Stressors associated with cultural transmutation may exert particular pressure on Latino men. Continued attention to environmental influences, especially among third-generation Latinos, is an important area for substance abuse program development.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: depressive disorders; anxiety disorders; substance use disorders; Latinos; sociodemographic groups; ethnic groups; immigration groups; psychiatric problems; cultural transmutation; Latino men; substance abuse program
Subjects: Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases > Mental Health
Health > Public Health > Health Risk Factors > Stress
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Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2008
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2011 09:42
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/963

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