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First psychiatric admission rates of first and second generation Afro Caribbeans

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First psychiatric admission rates for Whites and first and second generation Afro Caribbeans are compared. The definition of second generation is widened so as to include both British-born Afro Caribbeans and those who migrated as children. Second generation rates are raised for all diagnostic categories examined, especially for schizophrenia (both sexes) and cannabis psychosis in males. Overall rates for first generation Afro Caribbeans do not differ significantly from Whites, but rates for schizophrenia are much higher. These results are discussed with reference to previous literature on mental illness and ethnic groups.

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McGovern, D., Cope, R.V. First psychiatric admission rates of first and second generation Afro Caribbeans. Soc Psychiatry 22, 139–149 (1987). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00583848

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