Normal Life Crises and Insanity: Mental illness contextualized

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dc.contributor.author Ingvarsdotter, Karin
dc.date.accessioned 2010-01-14T08:27:27Z
dc.date.available 2010-01-14T08:27:27Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/9392
dc.description.abstract Background: According to a survey from 2005 the population of Rosengård, a cultural heterogeneous borough of Malmö, Sweden, utilizes half as much psychiatric health services as expected in relation to estimated needs. Aim: To examine perceptions of mental illness trying to find possible reasons behind the low utilization. 206 Method: Unstructured interviews were conducted with 30 people living and/or working in the area. Result: Mental illness health was associated with insanity and shame. Numerous conditions were considered as “normal life crises” rather than medical states and are consequently taken care of in other ways than seeking mental health care. Conclusion: Several reasons behind low utilization of psychiatric health services among inhabitants in Rosengård were detected. Explanations are to be found both in different perceptions of mental illness, in the social situation in the area but also in the assumptions made in the survey this study was based upon. Despite that Sweden, with its developed welfare system, frequently is described as the country that has coped best with the growing number of immigrants and their various needs, it seems as if the needs are still unexplored, and there is no service for “normal life crises”. en
dc.format.extent 2
dc.language.iso eng en
dc.subject mental ill health en
dc.subject cross cultural research en
dc.subject.classification Humanities/Social Sciences en
dc.title Normal Life Crises and Insanity: Mental illness contextualized en
dc.type Conference Paper, peer reviewed en
dc.relation.url http://www.ialmh.org/template.cgi en
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Faculty of Health and Society en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Health and Welfare Studies (HV) en_US
dc.description.other The XXXIst International Congress on Law and Mental Health, New York University Law School, June 28-July,3, 2009 en
dc.subject.srsc Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences::Social anthropology/ethnography en
dc.identifier.url http://www.ialmh.org/NewYork2009/Final_book.pdf
dc.relation.ispartofpublication Abstracts of the XXXIst International Congress on Law and Mental Health en
dcterms.description.conferenceName International Congress on Law and Mental Health
dcterms.description.conferencePlace New York
dcterms.description.conferenceYear 2009
dc.format.ePage 206
dc.format.sPage 205
mahlocal.rights.oaType green
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