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Mental Health


Research Guide to Mental Health Statistics

Table of Contents
1. Introduction
2. Sources of Information
2.1. Books
2.2. Journals
2.3. Internet
2.4 Other data sources

1. Introduction

The purpose of this guide is to assist faculty, students, and staff of the University of Chicago find mental health statistics. This guide is not meant to be exhaustive but to highlight key resources for locating information on this topic.

2. Sources of Information

2.1 Book Resources

For electronic access to books, try searching the MD Consult database. You can search within an individual textbook, or run a search across >35 textbooks simultaneously for your topic.

Use the Library catalog to locate relevant print and electronic books in the University Library.

Try to identify general texts on your topic and you should be able to find the data you need. Excellent data is buried within textbooks; just because a textbook has not been labeled in the catalog as a statistical resource does not mean that important numerical data is not included within the work. You will need to browse textbook and textbook chapters for tables and graphs on your topic in order to retrieve desired information.

Subject headings in the catalog often do not include terms like statistics unless the book only reports summary data, like in a survey. Instead, browse or search the catalog using broad and narrow subject terms related to aging or geriatrics. Catalog tip: use the "*" wildcard to search for variations of your root term. For example child* to search for child or children or children's. You can then combine these terms with the type of data you are interested in. For example mental* and child*.

Search first for the specific disorders/issues i.e. schizophrenia, depression, etc. before moving on to more broad terms. For example Combat Disorders, Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic, Anxiety Disorders.

When searching for statistics from a specific region or people group, use broad and narrow geographic variables. For example, Chicago, Illinois, Midwest, United States. Also, search for variations of the people group you are interested in. Such as

Affective Disorders
Anxiety Disorders
Dissociative disorders
Mental Health Services
Psychology, Pathological
Mental Disorders
Mental Health
Mentally Ill
Panic Disorders
Personality Sisorders
Sleep Disorders
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Substance-Related Disorders

Title Author Date Collection Call#
Substance use and mental health characteristics by employment status Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 1999 SSA Library



Mental health and treatment of inmates and probationers Ditton, Paula M. 1999 D'Angelo Law Bookstacks RC451.4.P68D58 1999
Schizophrenia : a neuropsychological perspective edited by Christos Pantelis, Hazel E. Nelson, Thomas R.E. Barnes. 1996 Crerar Library Bookstacks RC514 .S334227 1996
Annual statistics Illinois. Dept. of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities 1984- Crerar Library Bookstacks RA790.65.I3A205
Mental health, United States National Institute of Mental Health (U.S.) 1998 Crerar Library Reference, floor 1 RA790.6.M491
The Alcohol, drug abuse, and mental health national data book / Vischi, Thomas R. 1980- SSA Library, Reference HV5285.A36
Psychiatric morbidity among homeless people / Gill, Baljit. 1996. SSA Library RC451.4.H64P79 1996
Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders : DSM-IV. American Psychiatric Association 1994. Crerar Library Reference, floor 1 RC455.2.C4D540 1994
Criminalizing the seriously mentally ill : the abuse of jails as mental hospitals Torrey, E. Fuller (Edwin Fuller), 1937- 1992. SSA Library HV8079.3.T6 1992
A profile of health and disease in America : mental illness and substance abuse Smith, Wrynn 1989. Crerar Library Reference, floor 1 RC443.S580 1989
Hispanic Americans and mental health services : a comparison of Hispanic, black, and white admissions to selected mental health facilities, 1975 / Rosenstein, Marilyn. 1980 SSA Library RA790.6.M4 no.3


2.2 Journals

There are two versions of the the Medline database available.
Medline on OVID
and PubMed.

MEDLINE is the National Library of Medicine's premier database covering the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and the preclinical sciences. MEDLINE contains bibliographic citations and abstracts from more than 4,000 biomedical journals. The file contains over 11 million citations dating back to 1966.

The Print version of this database is known as Index Medicus. Print volumes from 1879-present are available in the Crerar Library Reference Collection at Z6660.I4.


Corresponds to the American Psychological Association's Psychological Abstracts. Contains citations to journal articles, technical reports, dissertations, book and book chapters in psychology and related disciplines, such as medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology and linguistics. Coverage is 1887 to present and international in scope.

Covers nearly nursing, allied health, biomedical and consumer health journals, publications of the American Nursing Association, and the National League for Nursing. This is the electronic version of the Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health.

Print volumes from 1956-1998 are available in the Crerar Library Reference Collection at Z6675.N7C931.

2.3 Internet Resources

Sites were selected based upon the authority and/or reputation of the issuing body in addition to the quality and organization of the website. Federal organizations, medical associations, and private organizations are included.

Statistics available
Center for Mental Health Services - Knowledge Exchange Network
The Center for Mental Health Services is part of the DHHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

National Center for Health Statistics
NCHS is responsible for the collection, analysis, and dissemination of statistics on the nature and extent of the health, illness, and disability of the U.S. population

National Insitute of Mental Health
NIMH is part of the National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services.
National Mental Health Association
NMHA is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness.
Pan American Health Organization - Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO).
PAHO is an international public health agency working to improve health and living standards of the countries of the Americas. It serves as the specialized organization for health of the Inter-American System. It also enjoys international recognition as part of the United Nations system.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
SAMHSA is charged with improving the quality and availability of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitative services in order to reduce illness, death, disability, and cost to society resulting from substance abuse and mental illnesses.


2.4 Other data sources

Statistical Universe

Major tool for statistical research. Covers data from U.S. federal and state governments; university research centers, private associations and organizations, and independent research groups; and international and intergovernmental organizations. Records include abstracts, with full text of selected U.S. federal and state publications available from as early as 1995.

Statistical Universe is the online equivalent of the following resources available in print. You will need to consult the print version in order to conduct historical research.

American statistics index (ASI)
Reading Rm, floor 1 Regenstein Z1223.Z7A51 (1973-)
Index to international statistics (IIS)
Reading Rm, floor 1 Regenstein (1983-)
Statistical Abstract of the United States
At multiple locations. Please check holdings. HA202.A2 (1878-)
Statistical reference index (SRI)
Reading Rm, floor 1 Regenstein Z7554.U5S71(1980-)


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