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Comorbidity in American Indians.

American Indians have high levels of alcohol abuse and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and substantial comorbidity is prevalent in this population as well, reported Janette Beals, Ph.D., and her associates at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Aurora.

Using a random, stratified sampling procedure, they studied 1,446 members of a Southwest tribe and 1,638 members of two closely related Northern Plains tribes. All of the members were 15-54 years of age (Arch. Gen. Psychiatry 2005; 62:99-108). The lifetime prevalence of any DSM-IV disorder was 50% for men in the Southwest tribe and 47% for men in the Northern tribes, compared with 36% for Southwest women and 42% for Northern women.
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Author:Foley, Kevin
Publication:Clinical Psychiatry News
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 1, 2005
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