Acute Depression in Hispanic Youth in California - Findings from the California Health Interview Survey in 2003

Nadia Khelaifat, Maren Bredehorst, Claudia Maier

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Depression is a very frequent mood problem and is expected to be the second biggest health care problem after heart disease in 2020 [1]. Prevalence and age of onset is rising in young people [2], [3]. A large study conducted in the United States showed that people of Hispanic origins had a higher prevalence of depression than Whites [4]. The reasons remain unclear; they might be caused by race itself or by contextual factors. However, other studies showed contrasting results: immigrants from Mexico had lower rates of psychiatric disorders than non-immigrants [5].The present study aimed at investigating the association between race and the prevalence of acute depression in Whites and Hispanic youth. Possible determinants besides ethnicity were also examined.

Original languageGerman
Title of host publication51. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Medizinische Informatik, Biometrie und Epidemiologie
Subtitle of host publication51st Annual Meeting GMDS [German Society for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology]
PublisherDeutsche Gesellschaft für Medizinische Informatik, Biometrie und Epidemiologie e. V. (gmds)
Number of pages402
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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