Psychotic illness in ethnic minorities: clarification from the 1991 census.
J Van OS, DJ Castle, N Takei, G Der, RM Murray
Psychol Med | Published : 1996
Age and sex-adjusted first admission rates for operationally-defined schizophrenia and other non-affective psychosis in different ethnic groups were calculated over the period 1988-1992 in a defined catchment area in South London. Standardized rates for schizophrenia, corrected for age- and gender-related under-reporting in the 1991 census and a 20% underestimate of the size of the ethnic minority populations in the area, were not only higher in the Afro-Caribbean group (SMR: 3.1; 95% C1:2.0-4.7), but also in the African group (SMR: 4.2; 95% C1: 2.8-6.2). It was further found that higher rates were not specific to schizophrenia. These findings suggest that some common factor associated with ..View full abstract