The prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder and its clinical significance among Southeast Asian refugees

John (Dave) Kinzie, James Boehnlein, Paul Leung, Laurie J. Moore, Crystal Riley, Debra Smith

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All 322 patients at a psychiatric clinic for Indochinese refugees were surveyed to determine the presence of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If PTSD was not diagnosed at the time of initial evaluation, a structured reinterview was performed. Seventy percent of the patients (N=226) met the criteria for a current diagnosis of PTSD, and an additional 5% (N=15) met the criteria for a past diagnosis. The Mein had the highest rate of PTSD (93%) and the Vietnamese the lowest (54%). Of the patients with PTSD who were enrolled in the clinic before March 1988, 46% (N=87) were given a diagnosis of PTSD only after the reinterview. PTSD is a common disorder among Indochinese refugees, but the diagnosis is often difficult to make.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)913-917
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Volume147
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1990

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The prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder and its clinical significance among Southeast Asian refugees. / Kinzie, John (Dave); Boehnlein, James; Leung, Paul; Moore, Laurie J.; Riley, Crystal; Smith, Debra.

In: American Journal of Psychiatry, Vol. 147, No. 7, 1990, p. 913-917.

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