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Ethnicity/Race, Paranoia, and Hospitalization for Mental Health Problems Among Men

Whaley, Arthur L. (2004) Ethnicity/Race, Paranoia, and Hospitalization for Mental Health Problems Among Men. American Journal of Public Health, 94 (1). pp. 78-81. ISSN 0090-0036

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Objectives. I tested the hypothesis that Black men with high levels of distrust (i.e., mild paranoia) are at greater risk of hospitalization for mental health problems than their White counterparts. Methods. Secondary analysis was conducted of data from a subsample of 180 men in an epidemiological study. Mental health hospitalization was the outcome and ethnicity/ race, mild paranoia, and their interaction were main predictors in a logistic regression analysis. The ethnicity/race by mild paranoia interaction tested the study hypothesis. Results. The ethnicity/race by mild paranoia interaction was statistically significant. Contrary to the hypothesis, Black men with mild paranoia were less likely to be hospitalized. Conclusions. Black men’s lack of trust regarding the mental health system may cause them not to seek services. Factors critical to increasing their trust are acknowledgment of racial biases in the mental health system and sincere efforts to eliminate racial disparities in mental health treatment.

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Item Type: Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Black men; distrust; mild paranoia; mental health problems; ethnicity/race; mental health system; racial biases; racial disparities
Subjects: Health > Disparities
Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases > Mental Health
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Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2008
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2011 10:19
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/988

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