The spatial pattern of mental disorders and its association with socio-demographics have received considerable attention in recent literature. However, no such research has been done in the state of Illinois, USA. In addition, no prior work has implored the use of hospitalization data in the state. This study aims to answer two research questions; (1) what is the spatial pattern of psychotic disorders? (2) What socio-demographic variable(s) are related to psychotic disorders? The analysis uses Getis-ord Gi* hotspot analytical method to determine the spatial pattern of psychotic mental disorders in the Chicago metropolitan area of Illinois, USA and negative exponential model to determine the socio-demographic factors contributing to the observed spatial pattern. The result of the analysis suggests a statistical significant clustering of psychotic mental disorder with significant hot spot (99 percent confidence level) found in the city of Chicago. Poverty, marriage and population density were found to play a major role in contributing to the observed pattern. Health professionals can use these results as a basis to prioritize the City of Chicago in the provision of mental health care and services above every other region of the Chicago metropolitan area.
|Commitee:||Zhou, Bin, Odemerho, Francis|
|School:||Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||MAI 82/3(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Geography, Mental health, Social psychology, Demography|
|Keywords:||Inpatient hospitalization, Psychotic mental disorders, Socio-demographics, Spatial pattern|
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