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August 1987

The Prevalence of Specific Psychiatric Disorders in Puerto Rico

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, San Juan (Drs Canino, Bird, Sesman, and Guevara, and Ms Bravo); Mental Health Secretariat of Puerto Rico, San Juan (Dr Canino); Division of Biostatistics, Columbia University School of Public Health, New York (Dr Shrout); Department of Economics, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras (Ms Rubio-Stipec); and University of Puerto Rico School of Public Health, San Juan (Dr Martinez).

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1987;44(8):727-735. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1987.01800200053008

• 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.