Knifton, Lee and Gervais, Mhairi and Newbigging, Karen and Mirza, Nuzhat and Quinn, Neil and Wilson, Neil and Hunkins-Hutchison, Evette (2010) Community conversation : addressing mental health stigma with ethnic minority communities. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 45 (4). pp. 497-504.Full text not available in this repository. (Request a copy from the Strathclyde author)
Stigma associated with mental health problems is a significant public health issue. Patterns of stigma and discrimination vary between and within communities and are related to conceptualisations of, and beliefs about, mental health. Population approaches to addressing stigma rarely consider diverse cultural understandings of mental health. 257 members of the major black and minority ethnic communities in Scotland participated in 26 mental health awareness workshops that were designed and delivered by community organisations. Questionnaires measuring knowledge, attitudes and behavioural intent were completed before and after the intervention. Community led approaches that acknowledge cultural constructs of mental health were received positively by community groups. The study found significant reported stigma in relation to public protection, marriage, shame and contribution, but also high levels of recovery optimism. The workshops resulted in significant positive change in relation to knowledge, attitudes and behavioural intent amongst participants, with most aspects of stigma showing significant improvement, with the exception of dangerousness. The paper argues community approaches to tackling stigma are more valuable than top-down public education and could form the basis of national initiatives. Refinements to the evaluation framework are considered.
|Keywords:||mental, stigma, discrimination, ethnic minorites, Social pathology. Social and public welfare, Health(social science), Social Psychology, Epidemiology, Psychiatry and Mental health|
|Subjects:||Social Sciences > Social pathology. Social and public welfare|
|Department:||Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Social Work and Social Policy > Social Work|
|Depositing user:||Pure Administrator|
|Date Deposited:||20 Oct 2011 19:21|
|Last modified:||07 Oct 2016 02:32|