The Prevalence of Specific Psychiatric Disorders in Puerto Rico

Glorisa J. Canino, Hector R. Bird, Patrick E. Shrout, Maritza Rubio-Stipec, Milagros Bravo, Ruth Martinez, Myrna Sesman, Luz M. Guevara

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An epidemiologic survey of the lifetime and six-month prevalence rates of several psychiatric disorders was conducted in Puerto Rico. This study, carried out in 1984, applied selected schedules of a Spanish translation of the Diagnostic Interview Schedule to a stratified, island-wide probability sample of the population. With few exceptions, prevalence rates in this study were similar to those obtained in the US communities studied in the Epidemiologic Catchment Area program. The demographic correlates of the disorders are reviewed, and differences between the results of this study and those of previous studies suggesting a higher rate of mental disorder among Puerto Rican populations are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)727-735
Number of pages9
JournalArchives of General Psychiatry
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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