Racial differences in prevalence of phobic disorders

Diane R. Brown, William W. Eaton, Linda Sussman

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Few community-based field studies have examined racial differences in the prevalence of phobia disorders. Using data from two sites of a large epidemiologic survey, this study investigates risk factors associated with the one-month prevalence of phobia disorders from 2340 black and 3936 white respondents. Findings indicate that recent prevalence is higher for blacks than whites, with racial differences remaining even when demographic and so-cioeconomic factors are held constant. Additional significant risk factors for recent phobia pertained to site and being female, being young, and having low education attainment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)434-441
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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