Odegaard's selection hypothesis revisited: Schizophrenia in Surinamese immigrants to the Netherlands

JP Selten*, E Cantor-Graae, J Slaets, RS Kahn

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Objective. The incidence of schizophrenia among Surinamese immigrants to the Netherlands is high. The authors tested Odegaard'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.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)669-671
Aantal pagina's3
TijdschriftAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Nummer van het tijdschrift4
StatusPublished - apr-2002
Evenement8th International Congress on Schizophrenia Research - , Canada
Duur: 28-apr-20012-mei-2001

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