Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Who gets the blues? Whites are often portrayed as a group that suffers from depression--the alienated teenager, the unhappy housewife, the unsuccessful husband. The GSS shows something clearly different: I computed the percent of people who say they are frequently sad and down:

1. American Indians 16.9
2. Blacks 15.0
3. Mexicans 14.3
4. Jews 11.1
5. Italians 10.2
6. Irish 9.4
7. Germans 8.0
8. Poles 6.0
9. English/Welsh 5.6
10. Scots 2.4

There is a clear pattern of minorities feeling the most depressed. Comments?

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