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Titolo:
Migration, ageing and mental health: an ethnographic study on perceptions of life satisfaction, anxiety and depression in older Somali men in east London
Autore:
Silveira, E; Allebeck, P;
Indirizzi:
Univ Gothenburg, Dept Geriatr Med, Vasa Hosp, S-41133 Gothenburg, Sweden Univ Gothenburg Gothenburg Sweden S-41133 sp, S-41133 Gothenburg, Sweden Univ Gothenburg, Dept Social Med, Vasa Hosp, S-41133 Gothenburg, Sweden Univ Gothenburg Gothenburg Sweden S-41133 sp, S-41133 Gothenburg, Sweden
Titolo Testata:
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WELFARE
fascicolo: 4, volume: 10, anno: 2001,
pagine: 309 - 320
SICI:
1369-6866(200110)10:4<309:MAAMHA>2.0.ZU;2-V
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Soggetto:
COMMUNITY; MORBIDITY; MORTALITY; SYMPTOMS; SUPPORT; ELDERS; WHITES;
Keywords:
migration; older people; mental health; life satisfaction; physical disability; social factors;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Citazioni:
39
Recensione:
Indirizzi per estratti:
Indirizzo: Silveira, E Univ Gothenburg, Dept Geriatr Med, Vasa Hosp, Pav 15,5 Floor, S-41133 Gothenburg, Sweden Univ Gothenburg Pav 15,5 Floor Gothenburg Sweden S-41133 eden
Citazione:
E. Silveira e P. Allebeck, "Migration, ageing and mental health: an ethnographic study on perceptions of life satisfaction, anxiety and depression in older Somali men in east London", INT J SOC W, 10(4), 2001, pp. 309-320

Abstract

This ethnographic study was carried out in the aftermath of an epidemiological investigation, the first of its kind, on the health and social status of Somalis aged 60 years and over living in Tower Han-Jets, east London. The main aims of the study are to explore views on mental health and well-being and identify sources of stress and support so as to gain greater understanding of background factors of life satisfaction and depression in 'first-generation' older Somali migrants in Tower Hamlets (males). Face-to-face interviews were conducted among 28 males in Somali with the help of a bilingual interpreter from the same age, sex and cultural background of participants. Several factors were perceived to decrease life satisfaction and increase vulnerability to depression in male Somalis, in particular low family support in the face of increasing physical disability, loneliness, inadequateaccess to community services and inability to return home. Social isolation, low level of control over one's life, helplessness and social degradation - ageism, perceived racial/religious discrimination and, to a lesser extent, racial harassment were common themes identified in people who said to be depressed. Family support was the main buffer against depression; other coping resources were represented by religious practices and reliance on Somali peers. Avoidance coping seemed to encompass denial of depression in participants who had low mood. The study revealed multiple reasons for ill-being, in particular in people who had high expectations about medical and social care. Low levels of distress were found in Somalis who felt supported by their families. There is a need for social workers and other health professionals to advance discussions of mental-health issues in the community and for service providers to promote greater access to culturally relevant medical and social services for Somali elders in Tower Hamlets and strengthentheir informal support networks.

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