Presentation of Mexican Americans to a memory disorder clinic

Sidney O'Bryant, Joy D. Humphreys, Randolph B. Schiffer, Patricia B. Sutker

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Despite the rapidly growing nature of the Mexican American population in the United States, relatively little is known regarding cognitive aging among this minority group compared to non-Hispanic, white individuals. The current study was conducted to describe the nature of cognitive and affective characteristics of Mexican American patients with dementia or other cognitive disorders on initial presentation to a Memory Disorder Clinic. Archival data were reviewed from this specialty clinic for 219 patients who were evaluated for the first time over a 2-year period. Twenty-two Mexican American patients were identified, and a sample of 22 matched non-Hispanic white patients was derived for comparison. When compared to non-Hispanic white patients, Mexican Americans were found in fewer numbers, reported higher levels of anxiety and depression, and produced lower scores on neurocognitive assessments. Results support the notion that Mexican American patients present for cognitive assessment and treatment at a greater stage of impairment severity as compared to non-Hispanic whites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-140
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2007


  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Malingering


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