, Volume 24, Issue 4, pp 453-470

The Prevalence of Nervios and Associated Symptomatology Among Inhabitants of Mexican Rural Communities

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Abstract

The purpose of the present contribution is to describe the prevalence ofnervios through self-report, to identify psychological andsomatic symptoms associated with nervios, and to report thecomorbidity of nervios with mood and anxiety disorders amongMexican rural-origin adults. The data reported here were collected aspart of a larger project, whose aims were to determine the prevalence ofselected mental health problems, their sociocultural manifestation andinterpretation, and the utilization of mental health services among theinhabitants of rural communities in Mexico. A multi-stage, stratified,random sample of two regions in Mexico was obtained. The total number ofparticipants used in the analyses was 942 adults: 441 men and 501women. We found a prevalence of nervios of 15.5% in thegeneral population. When analyzed by sex, women had a significantlyhigher prevalence (20.8%) of this condition than men(9.5%). Also, all the somatic and psychological symptomsassociated with nervios had a higher prevalence among womenthan men.