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'Our community is the worst': the influence of cultural beliefs on stigma, relationships with family and help-seeking in three ethnic communities in London.

Shefer, G., Rose, D., Nelums, L., Thornicroft, Graham, Henderson, Claire and Evans-Lacko, Sara (2012) 'Our community is the worst': the influence of cultural beliefs on stigma, relationships with family and help-seeking in three ethnic communities in London. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 59 (6). pp. 535-544. ISSN 0020-7640

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0020764012443759

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Existing knowledge about the cultural beliefs of black and minority ethnic (BME) communities in the UK regarding stigma and mental illness is limited. MATERIAL: Data were collected in 10 focus groups, five with service users and five with laypersons, from BME communities in London. DISCUSSION: Thematic analysis identified that cultural beliefs regarding mental illness reflect four different voices present within the BME communities. CONCLUSION: The study revealed that cultural beliefs influencing both relationships with family and, consequently, help-seeking for individuals with mental illness must be considered in the development of anti-stigma interventions and when engaging communities around mental health.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://isp.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 2012 The Authors
Divisions: Personal Social Services Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
Sets: Research centres and groups > Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU)
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2015 11:06
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2020 07:09
Funders: Comic Relief, Big Lottery Fund, UK government Department of Health, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Shifting Attitudes to Mental Illness (SHiFT), Maudsley Charity, Lundbeck UK
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/63015

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