Postgraduate Research Student, Faculty of Social Sciences
Mental Health and the Gujarati Communities: exploring the low rates of mental illness prevalence The project aims to explore the low prevalence of mental illness amongst the Gujarati Community in the… read more
Mental Health and the Gujarati Communities: exploring the low rates of mental illness prevalence The project aims to explore the low prevalence of mental illness amongst the Gujarati Community in the Leicester. Very little is known about prevalence rates within this community. Published information on prevalence tends first of all to focus upon admission to psychiatric hospital, which can provide a distorted picture for particular communities (Raleigh, 1995). Second, prevalence rates use the category `South Asians', which includes several different communities and cultures under a single banner and is therefore regarded as too wide and misleading to be useful in health research (Nazroo et.al, 2002). However, there is a view within various health services that the incidence of psychosocial distress within the Gujarati community is at least as low as that for the White British community and is possibly even lower (Patel & Shaw, 2009). Therefore, this study will aim to understand this phenomena and address two related questions: Do Gujarati communities experience good mental health and if so why is this the case? AND/OR secondly; are there cultural and other barriers within this community that may lead to less help seeking for mental health problems and if so how can these be overcome?
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