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Using data obtained from personal interviews with 647 Southeast Asian refugees in Canada, this study tests hypotheses regarding both the association between perceived racial discrimination and depression, and the roles of coping and ethnic identity in conditioning the nature of the discrimination-depression relation. Refugees who reported that they had(More)
Canada admits between more than 200,000 immigrants every year. National policy emphasizes rigorous selection to ensure that Canada admits healthy immigrants. However, remarkably little policy is directed to ensuring that they stay healthy. This neglect is wrong-headed: keeping new settlers healthy is just, humane, and consistent with national self-interest.(More)
One hundred eighteen psychiatric patients, each experiencing his or her first lifetime episode of psychosis, 125 of their first-degree relatives, and 155 normal subjects were assessed using the physical anhedonia, social anhedonia, and perceptual aberration scales of Chapman et al. (1976, 1978). We hypothesized that psychotic subjects would obtain higher(More)
We evaluated the resting electroencephalogram (EEG) of 50 first-episode schizophrenia patients and 55 of their relatives, 31 first-episode bipolar patients and 35 of their relatives, and 113 nonpsychiatric subjects and 42 of their relatives. The frequency characteristics of the EEG showed moderate stability for a subgroup of these subjects (n = 106) who(More)
OBJECTIVE To date, the literature has provided no standardized, replicable method for establishing illness onset. The authors describe a method for dating the first appearance of prodromal signs of psychotic illness, the emergence of an acute episode, and the initiation of treatment seeking. METHOD Using reports by family and friends about a sample of 141(More)
OBJECTIVES This study examined the differential effects of poverty on the mental health of foreign-born children, Canadian-born children of immigrant parents, and children of non-immigrant parents. METHODS Secondary analysis of data from a national Canadian study of children between 4 and 11 years of age was conducted. RESULTS Compared with their(More)
Does commitment to an ethnic identity enhance or jeopardize psychological well-being? Using data from a study of Southeast Asian "Boat People", this study examined the mental health effects of ethnic identification as the former refugees confronted common resettlement stressors in Canada--unemployment, discrimination and lack of fluency in the dominant(More)
BACKGROUND This study investigated the clinical and biological concomitants of electroencephalogram power abnormalities in schizophrenia. METHODS We examined the power characteristics of resting electroencephalograms in 112 schizophrenic patients. Also collected were measures of psychotic symptomatology, brain morphology, ocular motor functioning,(More)
The current study examines the risk-inducing effects of unemployment and the protective effects of language facility on the mental health of Southeast Asian refugees resettling in Canada. Rates of depression and of unemployment declined dramatically during the first decade after arrival. Although language fluency also improved during this period,(More)
OBJECTIVE This study was undertaken to determine whether the incidence of schizophrenia is equivalent for males and females. METHOD An attempt was made to identify every first-episode case of psychosis in a large Canadian city over a period of 2 1/2 years. A comprehensive referral network was established that included hospital and community settings where(More)