Mental Health and Stress Among South Asians

Author(s): Alison KARASZ ; Francesca GANY ; Javier ESCOBAR ; Cristina FLORES ; Lakshmi PRASAD ; Arpana INMAN ; Vasundhara KALASAPUDI ; Razia KOSI ; Meena MURTHY ; Jennifer LENG ; Sadhna DIWAN

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10903-016-0501-4

Abstract

Addressing mental illness requires a culturally sensitive approach. As detailed in this literature review, treating mental illness in the South Asian immigrant community necessitates a thorough understanding of the South Asian conceptualization of mental illness. Past research, though limited, has described the different reasons the South Asian community attributes to causing mental illness, as well as the stigma associated with acknowledging the disease. Acculturation of the community also plays a significant role in cultural acceptability and the receipt of quality care. Lessons from local organizations can be applied at the national level to promote cultural responsiveness in treating mental illness in the South Asian immigrant community.

Keywords

South Asian, Immigrant, Mental health, Acculturation, Literature review

Tags: South Asia, Immigrants, Acculturation, Stress

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