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Assessing racial/ethnic differences in the social consequences of early-onset psychiatric disorder.
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PMID:  20453376     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Individuals with early onset of psychiatric disorder have worse social outcomes than individuals with adult onset. It is unknown whether this association varies by racial/ ethnic group. Identifying groups at risk for poor social outcomes is important for improving clinical and policy interventions. We compared unemployment, high school dropout, arrest, and welfare participation by race/ethnicity and time of onset using a nationally representative sample of Whites, Blacks, Asians, and Latinos with lifetime psychiatric disorder. Early onset was associated with worse social outcomes than adult onset. Significant Black-White and Latino-White differences in social outcomes were identified. The association between early onset and negative social outcomes was similar across Whites, Latinos, and Blacks. For Asians, the association between unemployment and early onset was opposite that of Whites. Increasing early detection and treatment of psychiatric illness should be prioritized. Further study will clarify the association between onset and social outcomes among sub-ethnic populations.
Benjamin Lê Cook; Nicholas Carson; Margarita Alegria
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of health care for the poor and underserved     Volume:  21     ISSN:  1548-6869     ISO Abbreviation:  J Health Care Poor Underserved     Publication Date:  2010 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-05-10     Completed Date:  2010-07-13     Revised Date:  2014-09-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9103800     Medline TA:  J Health Care Poor Underserved     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  49-66     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
African Continental Ancestry Group / statistics & numerical data
Age of Onset
Asian Continental Ancestry Group / statistics & numerical data
Crime / ethnology,  legislation & jurisprudence,  statistics & numerical data
European Continental Ancestry Group / statistics & numerical data
Hispanic Americans / statistics & numerical data
Mental Disorders / ethnology*
Middle Aged
Psychology, Social
Risk Factors
Social Behavior*
Social Welfare / ethnology,  statistics & numerical data
Student Dropouts / psychology,  statistics & numerical data
Unemployment / psychology,  statistics & numerical data
Young Adult
Grant Support
U01 MH062209/MH/NIMH NIH HHS; U01 MH062209-05/MH/NIMH NIH HHS

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