DSM-III psychiatric disorders among Hmong refugees in the United States: A point prevalence study

J. Westermeyer

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Abstract

The author reports on a survey of 97 Hmong adult refugees in the United States. Thirty of these refugees showed symptoms of chronic maladjustment, and 13 showed another DMS-III axis I disorder; two manifested a paranoid psychosis, and six had a major depression. There were few axis II diagnoses. Medical conditions were frequent and often psychophysiological in nature, but they were not associated with axis I disorders. Axis IV psychosocial stressors were not associated with axis I diagnoses, but subjects with an axis I disorder tended to show lower adaptive levels on axis V. The demographic condition most strongly associated with an axis I diagnosis was current status as a welfare recipient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)197-202
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Volume145
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988

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