Psychiatric Quarterly, Vol. 75, No. 4, Winter 2004 (
CASE IDENTIFICATION OF MOOD
DISORDERS IN ASIAN AMERICAN
AND CAUCASIAN AMERICAN
Cho Y. Lam, Ph.D., Carolyn M. Pepper, Ph.D.,
and Karen A. Ryabchenko, Ph.D.
Past studies have sometimes found that Asian American participants score
higher on checklists that measure psychological distress compared to Caucasian
American participants. However, studies using diagnostic interviews have not
found corresponding elevated rates of mood disorders in Asian American parti-
cipants. In the present study, Asian American (n = 238) and Caucasian
American students (n = 556) completed checklist measures of distress (the Beck
Depression Inventory, BDI and the Mood and Behavior Questionnaire, MBQ)
and a subsample of students (n = 118) received a diagnostic interview. Asian
American students had higher BDI scores, but the groups did not differ on ei-
ther the MBQ, a measure closely tied to DSM criteria for major depression, or
Cho Y. Lam, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Behavioral Science
at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Carolyn M. Pepper, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology
at the University of Wyoming.
Karen A. Ryabchenko, Ph.D., is afﬁliated with the State University of New York
at Binghamton and is a Psychology Intern at the Boston Consortium in Clinical
Address correspondence to Carolyn M. Pepper, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Uni-
versity of Wyoming, Dept. 3415, 1000 E. University Avenue, Laramie, WY 82071; e-mail:
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