The mental health of Korean immigrants in Sao Paulo, Brazil

The mental health of Korean immigrants in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Author Kang, Sam Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Razzouk, Denise Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Mari, Jair Jesus de Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Shirakawa, Itiro Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Institution Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Abstract This study investigated the frequency of lifetime mental disorders among Korean immigrants in the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Snowball sampling with multiple focuses was used to recruit Korean immigrants older than 18 years and living in Sao Paulo. A total of 324 Korean immigrants were selected and their mental status was evaluated using a structured interview, namely the Portuguese or the Korean version of the Composite International Diagnostic Interview 2.1. The diagnoses of mental disorders were made according to the ICD-10. The frequency of any lifetime psychiatric disorder was 41.9%. The frequencies of main disorders were: anxiety disorder, 13% (post-traumatic stress disorder, 9.6%); mood disorder, 8.6%; somatoform disorders, 7.4%; dissociative disorder, 4.9%; psychotic disorder, 4.3%; eating disorder, 0.6%; any substance ( tobacco, alcohol, drugs) use disorder, 23.1%. The frequency of any psychiatric disorder except alcohol and tobacco use disorders was 26.2%. Korean immigrants have more psychiatric disorders than the Korean population in Korea, particularly post-traumatic stress disorder, and almost the same rate as the Brazilian population. Mental health authorities should promote a healthier integration and the development of culturally sensitive mental health programs for Korean immigrants.
Keywords Mental Disorders
Mental Health
Imigrants
Language English
Sponsor Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP)
Grant number FAPESP: 03/06628-0
Date 2009-04-01
Published in Cadernos De Saude Publica. Rio de Janeiro: Cadernos Saude Publica, v. 25, n. 4, p. 819-826, 2009.
ISSN 0102-311X (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Cadernos Saude Publica
Extent 819-826
Origin http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2009000400013
Access rights Open access Open Access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000264900500013
SciELO ID S0102-311X2009000400013 (statistics in SciELO)
URI http://repositorio.unifesp.br/11600/43212

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