Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
November 1st, 2017
Illegal alien Mexicans living near the California-Mexico border suffer from an epidemic of assorted mental illnesses, a new study finds.
Researchers at Rice University examined the incidence of mental illnesses and substance abuse among 250 individuals within this stressed population, finding that 23 percent met the DSM’s criteria for having a mental disorder.
Fourteen percent of the study’s participants were found to have major depressive disorder (MDD), while eight and seven percent had panic or generalized anxiety disorders, respectively.
Some were determined to have suffered from multiple conditions concurrently.
“The estimates obtained in this study for depression and anxiety disorders were considerably higher in this population when compared with estimates for the general U.S. population,” says lead author Luz Garcini in a university news release.
The study used respondent-driven sampling (a methodology based on a mathematical model of the social networks that connect individuals) to collect and analyze data from clinical interviews with 248 Mexican immigrants living in the country without legal authorization.
The average age of the participants was 38 years; 69 percent were female and 31 percent were male. The majority of participants had been in the U.S. for more than 10 years.
This study is one of the first to provide population-based estimates of the prevalence of current mental and substance-use disorders in this immigrant population.
Other authors on the paper include Chris Fagundes, an assistant professor of psychology at Rice; Thania Galvan of the University of Denver; Vanessa Malcarne of San Diego State University/University of California-San Diego; Juan Peña of the University of Mexico and Elizabeth Klonoff of the University of Central Florida. Peña received additional support from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program.
Funding for the research was provided by a Ford Fellowship, a University of California MEXUS award, the Minority Biomedical Research Support Initiative for Maximizing Student Development and the Training and Mentoring Program at the Institute for Behavioral and Community Health.
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