Prevalence of cerebral palsy in the biracial population of Copiah County, Mississippi

Dev Med Child Neurol. 1984 Apr;26(2):195-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8749.1984.tb04431.x.


As part of a door-to-door survey of major neurological disorders, the prevalence of cerebral palsy was ascertained in the institutionalized and non-institutionalized biracial population of Copiah County, Mississippi. The over-all prevalence ratio was 212 per 100,000 inhabitants. For whites, as for blacks, males had a higher prevalence ratio than females. For both sexes, blacks had a higher prevalence ratio, but the race difference was not striking. Prevalence ratios declined with age. Other findings are presented on clinical features and degree of disability.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • African Americans*
  • Age Factors
  • Cerebral Palsy / epidemiology*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mississippi
  • Sex Factors