Skip to comments.Immigration & psychiatric disorders, Risk is greater for US born
Posted on 12/06/2004 8:59:32 PM PST by tbird5
According to the results of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) study, reported in the December issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry (Volume 61), Mexican Americans and non-Hispanic Whites* born in the United States have a higher risk for developing psychiatric disorders than their foreign-born counterparts who have immigrated to the United States. The psychiatric disorders included alcohol and drug use disorders, major depression, dysthymia, mania, hypomania, panic disorder, social and specific phobia, and general anxiety disorder.
Based on the 2001-2002 National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC), the analysis is the first to consider immigration status in conjunction with psychiatric morbidity in each of four comparison groups: U.S.-born Mexican Americans, Mexican immigrants to the United States, U.S.-born non-Hispanic Whites, and non-Hispanic White* immigrants to the United States. Earlier studies compared psychiatric disorder rates among U.S- and foreign-born Mexican Americans to either rates for U.S.-born non-Hispanic Whites or rates for the entire U.S. population, thereby confounding immigration status and ethnicity.
"The remarkable pattern seen in these results defies explanation based on current knowledge," according to George Kunos, M.D., Ph.D., Scientific Director, Division of Intramural Biological and Clinical Research at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the NIH institute that conducted the study. "Additional careful research is required to fully understand the influences of individual and environmental factors in the causes of psychiatric disorders."
"As often occurs, our epidemiologists--researchers who study conditions and behaviors across large population groups--pose new and intriguing questions for researchers in other disciplines," he said. "Although it may be some time before scientists fully understand the causes of these disorders, service providers and policy makers have immediate use for the results."
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Open the flood gates so we can make our numbers better. Someone actually did a study on this.
IT'S THE TRANS-FATS!
Immigrants rarely eat junk food. They prefer the diet of their native culture.
What a very unusual thing to say. Just exactly what you meant by that?
How come they never mention Wetbackhypomania ???
It's gotta be some kinda racist reason !!!
You've obviously never been to a McDonald's in New York. Filled with immigrants and African Americans.
It was total sarcasm. Why anyone would make a study like this is beyond me.