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Allergies, infections, and psychiatric disorders among Black Americans: findings from the National Survey of American Life
University of Southern California , Los Angeles , CA , USA.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8458-8723
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, SCOHOST (Stockholm Centre for Health and Social Change).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1260-2223
University of Southern California , Los Angeles , CA , USA.
Universitat de Barcelona, Fundació Sant Joan de Deu , Barcelona , Spain / CIBERSAM , Madrid , Spain.
2019 (English)In: Ethnicity and Health, ISSN 1355-7858, E-ISSN 1465-3419, p. 1-9Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
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Objectives: An emerging body of literature shows that allergies and infections are associated with psychiatric disorders, though there is little research to confirm these associations among Black Americans in the United States. Design: We analyzed data from the National Survey of American Life, and used multivariable logistic regression models to examine the associations between past 12-month allergies/infections and past 12-month psychiatric disorders, adjusting for socio-demographic characteristics, tobacco use, lifetime diabetes, and body mass index. Results: We found that allergies/infections were associated with mood, anxiety, and eating disorders, but not alcohol or substance use disorders. We detected effect modification by ethnicity, with stronger odds for mood, anxiety disorders, and alcohol use disorders, with no significant associations for substance use or eating disorders among Caribbean Blacks. Conclusions: Our findings underscore the importance of screening for psychiatric disorders among Black individuals complaining of allergies/infections, and the need to also treat allergies/infections among people with psychiatric disorders.

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Routledge, 2019. p. 1-9
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African Americans, Allergies, Black Americans, Caribbean Blacks, infections, psychiatric disorders
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Psychiatry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-38825DOI: 10.1080/13557858.2019.1658184ISI: 000483236700001PubMedID: 31441320Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85071359179OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-38825DiVA, id: diva2:1347135
Available from: 2019-08-30 Created: 2019-08-30 Last updated: 2019-11-06Bibliographically approved

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