, Volume 42, Issue 5, pp 477-486
Date: 04 Aug 2006

Ethnic Variation of Self-reported Psychopathology Among Incarcerated Youth

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Abstract

Research on ethnic minority populations has shown them to be undertreated, underdiagnosed and perceived as more psychopathological in comparison to the Caucasian population. This study aimed to assess ethnic variation of self-perceived psychopathology in a population of incarcerated youths. The Youth Self-Report (YSR) was completed by 5964 incarcerated adolescents (95% male; mean age = 16.5) in the California Youth Authority (CYA) system. Overall, ethnic minorities (African-Americans and Hispanics) self-report lower levels of psychiatric problems than Caucasians. These differences were more pronounced in males than females. Further research is needed to better ascertain the reasons for these differences.

Niranjan S. Karnik is affiliated with Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Stanford University School of Medicine and Department of Anthropology, History & Social Medicine, School of Medicine, University of California San Francisco
Pamela A. Jones is in clinical practice in Alameda, CA
Rudy Haapanen is affiliated with Department of Research, California Youth Authority, Sacramento, CA
Amy E. Campanaro is affiliated with New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University, New York, NY
Dr. med. univ. Hans Steiner is affiliated with Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Stanford University School of Medicine and Center for Psychiatry & the Law, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA