February 1993

The Shatin Community Mental Health Survey in Hong KongII. Major Findings

Author Affiliations

From the Psychiatric Epidemiology Research Unit, Department of Psychiatry (Drs Chen and Chan-Ho and Mss Wong, Lee, and Fung), and the Centre for Clinical Trials and Epidemiological Research (Dr Lau), Faculty of Medicine, Chinese University of Hong Kong. Ms Wong is now with the Ministry of Health, British Columbia, Canada; Ms Lee is now with the Hong Kong Baptist College.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1993;50(2):125-133. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1993.01820140051005

• A large-scale community survey in Shatin, Hong Kong, is presented with a modified two-phase design using flagged and nonflagged subsamples. A modified Self-Reporting Questionnaire and the Diagnostic Interview Schedule (version III) were used as the screening and diagnostic instruments, respectively. Lifetime rates for 19 Diagnostic Interview Schedule/DSM-III diagnoses are presented. The most common diagnoses in Shatin were tobacco dependence, generalized anxiety disorder, alcohol abuse and/or dependence, all phobias, and dysthymic disorder. The malepredominant disorders were tobacco dependence, alcohol abuse/dependence, pathological gambling, and antisocial personality. The female-predominant disorders were generalized anxiety disorder, all phobias, dysthymic disorder, major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and bereavement.