alexa Why are hispanics at greater risk for PTSD?
Psychiatry

Psychiatry

Journal of Depression and Anxiety

Author(s): Pole N, Best SR, Metzler T, Marmar CR

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Abstract Several studies have found that Hispanic Americans have higher rates of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than non-Hispanic Caucasian and Black Americans. The authors identified predictors of PTSD symptom severity that distinguished Hispanic police officers (n=189) from their non-Hispanic Caucasian (n=317) and Black (n=162) counterparts and modeled them to explain the elevated Hispanic risk for PTSD. The authors found that greater peritraumatic dissociation, greater wishful thinking and self-blame coping, lower social support, and greater perceived racism were important variables in explaining the elevated PTSD symptoms among Hispanics. Results are discussed in the context of Hispanic culture and may be important for prevention of mental illness in the fastest growing ethnic group in the United States. Copyright (c) 2005 APA, all rights reserved. This article was published in Cultur Divers Ethnic Minor Psychol and referenced in Journal of Depression and Anxiety

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