Persons without dementia residing in a biracial community completed a brief scale of proneness to psychological distress, and 1,064 were subsequently examined for incident Alzheimer disease (AD) 3 to 6 years later. In analyses controlling for selected demographic and clinical variables, persons prone to distress were 2.4 times more likely to develop AD than persons not distress prone. This effect was substantially stronger in white persons compared to African Americans.
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