Mental disorders among immigrants in Chile

Translated title of the contribution: Mental disorders among immigrants in Chile

Graciela Rojas*, Rosemarie Fritsch, Ariel Castro, Viviana Guajardo, Pamela Torres, Berta Díaz

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Background: Chile is receiving immigrant populations coming from other Latin- American countries. Aim: To determine the prevalence of Common Mental Disorders (CMD) among immigrants who live in Independencia, a quarter in Santiago, Chile. Material and Methods: A cross sectional study was carried out in the primary health care clinic and in the state-funded school of Independencia. A representative sample of 282 adults and 341 children were interviewed. Mental disorders were diagnosed using CIS-R and MINI structured interviews. Results: The interviewed immigrants came mostly from Peru. The prevalence of mental disorders in the adult population was 17.8% and among children, it was 29.3%. Conclusions: The adult immigrants have a lower prevalence of mental disorders than the Chilean population but it increases among children. Barriers of access to health services, that should be solved, were detected.

Translated title of the contributionMental disorders among immigrants in Chile
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1298-1304
Number of pages7
JournalRevista Medica de Chile
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2011


  • Chile
  • Emigrants and inmigrants
  • Mental health
  • Perú


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