The National Latino and Asian American Study (NLAAS) provides national information on the similarities and differences in mental illness and service use of Latinos and Asian Americans. The NLAAS is one of the most comprehensive studies of Latinos and Asian Americans ever conducted using up-to-date scientific strategies in the design, sampling procedures, psychiatric assessments, and analytic techniques. The final NLAAS sample consisted of 2,554 Latino respondents and 2,095 Asian American respondents.
To allow for important subgroup analysis, respondents were further stratified into the following ethnic subgroup categories: Puerto Rican, Cuban, Mexican, Other Latinos, Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipino, and Other Asians. Data collection took place between May 2002 and November 2003. To be eligible to complete the NLAAS, respondents were required to be 18 years of age or older, living in the non-institutionalized population of the coterminous United States or Hawaii, of Latino, Hispanic, or Spanish decent, or of Asian decent. The NLAAS instrument was administered in the respondent’s choice of the following languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, or Tagalog by fully bilingual lay interviewers.
National Latino and Asian American Study
|date start||May 1, 2002|
|date end||November 30, 2003|
|Languages||English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Tagalog|
|Topics covered||Aim I. To estimate the lifetime and 12-month prevalence of psychiatric disorders and the rates of mental health services use for Latino and Asian American populations, adjusting for age and gender effects. We will estimate ethnic differences in the prevalence of specific psychiatric disorders and utilization of mental health services in nationwide representative samples of Latinos and Asian Americans.
Aim II. To estimate the relation of social position, environmental context, and psychosocial factors with the prevalence of psychiatric disorders and utilization rates of mental health services in nationwide representative samples of Latinos and Asian Americans.
Aim III. To compare the lifetime and 12-month prevalence of psychiatric disorders, and utilization of mental health services of Latinos and Asian Americans with national representative samples of non-Latino whites (from the NCS-R) and African Americans (from the NSAL). We will again estimate the role of social position and environmental context as factors that may explain the ethnic/race differences in disease and use. Both Latino and Asian groups will be compared to the non-Latino whites as the reference point and to African Americans.
|All other Asian||467|
|Notes||Racial/ethnic classification was a self-identification measure, Taiwanese were classified as Chinese|
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