Reply to Shooting the messenger : the problem is widespread
Singh, Swaran P. (2009) Reply to Shooting the messenger : the problem is widespread. British Journal of Psychiatry, Vol.195 (No.6). p. 553. ISSN 0007-1250Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1192/bjp.195.6.553a
I entirely agree with Professor Farooq that transcultural psychiatry has often ignored the very real, immediate and pressing clinical issues that are relevant to the mental health needs of ethnic minorities, while pursuing ideologically driven and empirically unverifiable agendas. Blaming psychiatry for ethnic differences in mental healthcare has simply shifted focus away from the social adversities that underlie such differences. Selten & Cantor-Graae1 have recently pointed out that such a shift of focus is convenient for politicians, since it makes it both safe (and cheap) to ignore the ‘epidemic of psychosis’ among ethnic minorities. In the UK, there appears to be a genuine desire within the Department of Health to address ethnic minority issues in mental health. This is in sharp contrast to much of continental Europe, where the issue barely registers, even in countries with large minority populations.
|Item Type:||Journal Item|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School > Health Sciences > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School
|Journal or Publication Title:||British Journal of Psychiatry|
|Publisher:||Royal College of Psychiatrists|
|Official Date:||December 2009|
|Number of Pages:||1|
|Page Range:||p. 553|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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