Is it possible to ethically research the mental health needs of the Somali communities in the UK?

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Title

Is it possible to ethically research the mental health needs of the Somali communities in the UK?

Author

Mohamed, A.D.
Loewenthal, D.

Publisher

2009/04/00

Language

English

Publication Date

20090400

Abstract

This article summarises ethical issues that arise when researching common mental disorders within the Somali communities in the UK. It addresses the danger of researching these disorders from a Eurocentric perspective which risks overlooking the difference in conceptualisation of mental illness between diff erent cultures in the West and Somalia. An ongoing study exploring Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) for Somali people in the UK is presented. The participants' own meaning of mental health and illness as well as their conceptualisation of anxiety and depression are examined. In developing the study, standard research paradigms are critically examined in order to take account of the unique aspects of Somali culture and experience. Focus group method is adopted to uphold both ethical and methodological rigour in the research. A participatory approach for developing ethical protocols within different refugee communities is recommended.

Primary Classification

18.5.6

Secondary Classification

18.5.6;9.5.4;17.1;21.7

Primary keywords

cultural pluralism--[pri];culture--[pri];health services research--[pri];mental disorders--[pri];mental health services--[pri];refugees--[pri]

Secondary keywords

behavioral research;community participation;ethnic groups;focus groups;health services accessibility;knowledge, attitudes, practice;mental health;mentally ill persons;minority groups;psychology;research design;research ethics;vulnerable populations

Subject

Great Britain--[pri];Somalia--[pri]

Subject

Improving Access to Psychological Therapy

Journal Article

Journal of Ethics in Mental Health [electronic] 2009 April; 4(1): 1-6

Link for Internet access

Note

36

Primary Document Type

ja

Call Number

journal

Subject Captions

em

Bibliography

58 refs.

Title Descriptor

United Kingdom (Great Britain)

Collection

Citation

“Is it possible to ethically research the mental health needs of the Somali communities in the UK?,” Islamic Medical & Scientific Ethics, accessed June 18, 2024, http://imse.ibp.georgetown.domains/items/show/34541.