Ethnicity in trauma and psychiatric disorders: Findings from the collaborative longitudinal study of personality disorders

Carlos I. Pérez Benítez, Shirley Yen, M. Tracie Shea, Maria O. Edelen, John C. Markowitz, Thomas H. McGlashan, Emily B. Ansell, Carlos M. Grilo, Andrew E. Skodol, John G. Gunderson, Leslie C. Morey

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Abstract

The study's aims are to explore ethnic differences in rates of adverse childhood experiences and lifetime traumatic events and in rates of psychiatric disorders for patients exposed to similar traumas. Rates of these events and rates of major depressive disorder, posttraumatic stress, substance use, and borderline personality disorders were compared among 506 non-Hispanic Whites (N-HW), 108 Latina(o)s, and 94 African Americans (AA) participating in the Collaborative Longitudinal Personality Disorder Study. We found that Whites reported higher rates of neglect than African Americans and Latina(o)s, higher rates of verbal/emotional abuse than African Americans, and higher rates of accidents and injuries/feared serious injury than Latina(o)s. African Americans had higher rates of seeing someone injured/killed than Whites. No significant interaction was observed between adverse events and ethnicity for mental disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)583-598
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Volume66
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2010

Keywords

  • African Americans
  • Child abuse
  • Latinos
  • Trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology

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