Migration and Psychosis
European studies indicate that the risk of psychosis is higher in all immigrant groups than in the host population.
Meta-analytic studies have shown a high mean weighted relative risk for developing schizophrenia for first generation immigrants.
Some studies have shown also that the increased risk persists for second generation immigrants.
Various explanations are given for the above findings. The chapter then considers issues of screening and assessment of immigrants and concludes with treatment approaches. The need for an anthropological and ethnographic approach is emphasized. The encounters between providers and migrants and their families are to be seen essentially as transcultural encounters.
KeywordsWars Political Unrest Extreme poverty Global migration
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