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Research article: Antidepressant use among Asians in the United States

TitleResearch article: Antidepressant use among Asians in the United States
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsGonzalez, HM, Tarraf, W, West, BT, Chan, D, Miranda, PY, Leong, FT
JournalDepress AnxietyDepress Anxiety
ISBN Number1520-6394 (Electronic)<br/>1091-4269 (Linking)
Accession Number20013960
KeywordsAdolescent, Adult, Aged, Antidepressive Agents/ therapeutic use, Anxiety Disorders/diagnosis/ drug therapy/ethnology/psychology, Asian Americans/ psychology/ statistics & numerical data, China/ethnology, Depressive Disorder, Major/diagnosis/ drug therapy/ ethnology/psychology, Drug Utilization/statistics & numerical data, Dysthymic Disorder/diagnosis/ drug therapy/ ethnology/psychology, European Continental Ancestry Group/ psychology/ statistics & numerical data, Female, Healthcare Disparities, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Philippines/ethnology, Socioeconomic Factors, United States, Vietnam/ethnology, Young Adult
AbstractOBJECTIVES: We examined the prevalence and predictors of past-year antidepressant use in a nationally representative sample of Asian Americans and non-Latino Whites. METHODS: Analyses of 12-month antidepressant medication use were based on data from the Collaborative Psychiatric Epidemiology Surveys that surveyed Asian (Chinese, Filipino, Vietnamese, and others; N=2,284) and non-Latino White (N=6,696) household residents ages 18 years and older in the 48 contiguous United States and Hawaii. RESULTS: Prevalence rates for 12-month antidepressant use for Asians with major depression ranged from 8.7% among Vietnamese to 17% among Chinese respondents. Compared to non-Latino Whites (32.4%), all Asians (10.9%) meeting criteria for 12-month depressive and anxiety disorders, but especially Filipinos (8.8%) were less likely to report past-year antidepressant use. CONCLUSIONS: We found disparities in past-year antidepressant use among all the examined major Asian groups meeting criteria for 12-month depressive and anxiety disorders. These disparities were not explained by mental health need or socioeconomic factors that enable access to care.
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