Serious Psychological Distress and Major Depressive Episode* Among Women Aged 18 and Older, by Race/Ethnicity, 2006

Serious Psychological Distress and Major Depressive Episode Among Women Aged 18 and Older, by Race/Ethnicity, 2006
Race/Ethnicity Percent of Women
Serious Psychological Distress Major Depressive Episode
Non-Hispanic White 13.7% 9.6%
Non-Hispanic Black 12.4% 6.5%
Hispanic 12.7% 6.8%
Asian/Pacific Islander 9.8% 3.6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 26.8% 16.6%

*Serious psychological distress is an overall indicator of past year nonspecific psychological distress that is constructed from the K6 scale, which consists of six questions related to psychological distress. A major depressive episode is a period of at least 2 weeks when a person experienced a depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities and had a majority of the symptoms for depression as described in the DSM-IV, occurring in the past year.

Source: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Office of Applied Studies. NATIONAL SURVEY ON DRUG USE AND HEALTH, 2006 [Computer file]. ICPSR21240-v2. Research Triangle Park, NC: Research Triangle Institute [producer], 2007. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-12-03.

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