The Prevalence of Psychiatric Symptoms among the Yoruba

  • Olayiwola A. Erinosho


Previous community-based psychiatric epidemiological studies suggest possible estimates of persons who are severely impaired. On the one hand, it has been reported that close to 20 per cent of the entire population of Western countries suffer from mental illiess. This observation compares with Leighton’s et al. 1 assertion that 23 per cent of the Yoruba respondents who were involved in the study had clearcut psychiatric impairment.


Psychiatric Symptom Village Community Rapid Social Change Special Fear Unmarried Child 


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    A. H. Leighton et al., “Psychiatric Disorders Among the Yoruba,” Cornell University Press, Ithaca (1963).Google Scholar
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    W. Gurin et al., “Americans view their mental health,” Basic Books, New York (1960).Google Scholar
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    W. R. Grove & M. R. Geerken, Response bias in surveys of mental health: An empirical investigation, American Journal of Sociology, 82 (6) (1977).Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Olayiwola A. Erinosho
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of IbadanIbadanNigeria

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