Jewish Americans and mental health: results of the NIMH Epidemiologic Catchment Area Study

Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 1992 Nov;27(6):292-7. doi: 10.1007/BF00788901.


Data from the Epidemiologic Catchment Area Study showed that the overall lifetime rate of psychiatric disorder among Jews did not differ from the rate among non-Jews. However, there was a significant difference between Jewish and non-Jewish samples when comparing the distribution of specific psychiatric disorders. Compared with Catholics and Protestants, Jews had significantly higher rates of major depression and dysthymia, but lower rates of alcohol abuse. Jews were more likely than Catholics or Protestants to seek treatment with mental health specialists and general practitioners. These differences remained statistically significant after adjusting for sex, age, race and socioeconomic status.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Alcoholism
  • Attitude to Health
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Jews / psychology*
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / classification
  • Mental Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Mental Disorders / epidemiology
  • Mental Health
  • Middle Aged
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • United States