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Am J Psychiatry. 2002 Apr;159(4):669-71.

Ødegaard's selection hypothesis revisited: schizophrenia in Surinamese immigrants to The Netherlands.

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Department of Psychiatry, University Medical Center, Utrecht, The Netherlands. j.p.selten@psych.azu.nl

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The incidence of schizophrenia among Surinamese immigrants to the Netherlands is high. The authors tested Ødegaard's hypothesis that this phenomenon is explained by selective migration.

METHOD:

The authors imagined that migration from Surinam to the Netherlands subsumed the entire population of Surinam and not solely individuals at risk for schizophrenia. They compared the risk of a first admission to a Dutch mental hospital for schizophrenia from 1983 to 1992 for Surinamese-born immigrants to the risk for Dutch-born individuals, using the Surinamese-born population in the Netherlands and the population of Surinam combined as the denominator for the immigrants.

RESULTS:

The age- and sex-adjusted relative risk of schizophrenia for the Surinamese-born immigrants was 1.46.

CONCLUSIONS:

Selective migration cannot solely explain the higher incidence of schizophrenia in Surinamese immigrants to the Netherlands.

PMID:
11925311
DOI:
10.1176/appi.ajp.159.4.669
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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