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Anxiety Disorders in Ethnic Minorities

  • By: Rebecca K. Widoe, Renata K. Martins & Daniel W. McNeil
  • In: Encyclopedia of Multicultural Psychology
  • Edited by: Yo Jackson
  • Subject:Multi-Cultural Counseling, Ethnic Studies, Cross-Cultural Psychology

Of the major diagnostic groups of mental disorders, anxiety disorders have one of the highest–if not the highest–reported prevalence rates in the United States. Anxiety is the most common mental disorder among women and the second most common among men. This entry provides a brief overview of the current literature on anxiety disorders in racial and ethnic minority groups, particularly among the four principal racial and ethnic minority groups in the United States: African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, and American Indians/Alaska Natives. Although these descriptors are necessary for ease of reading, it is critical to bear in mind the diversity within each category. Racial and ethnic groups are multifaceted rather than unidimensional, with many cultures existing within each group. Furthermore, these distinctions are based ...

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