Functional somatic symptoms: a cross-ethnic comparison

Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1992 Oct;62(4):605-12. doi: 10.1037/h0079376.

Abstract

Type, distribution, and comorbidity of functional somatic symptoms were examined in four community samples, three Hispanic and one non-Hispanic white. Important intergroup and intragroup differences between Hispanic and non-Hispanic white groups were identified. Of the four groups, Puerto Rican respondents reported the highest level of somatic symptoms; this finding was apparently independent of sociodemographic factors.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Cross-Cultural Comparison*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Hispanic Americans / psychology
  • Hispanic Americans / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Los Angeles / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Mexico / ethnology
  • Middle Aged
  • Puerto Rico / epidemiology
  • Puerto Rico / ethnology
  • Somatoform Disorders / epidemiology
  • Somatoform Disorders / ethnology*
  • Somatoform Disorders / psychology