The mental of health of Irish people in Britain

Whelan, Anne (2010) The mental of health of Irish people in Britain. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The Irish are the oldest and largest minority ethnic group in Britain. Several studies have shown that the Irish in Britain are particularly prone to mental health illness and are more than twice as likely to be admitted to psychiatric care as the native born population. This paper aimed to identify the social factors which potentially have led to mental health issues in the Irish population in Britain by using non participatory research in the form of a literature review. The shared history of Britain and Ireland is explored particularly in relation to patterns of migration of the Irish to Britain. There was a review of literature in relation to the Irish in Britain and the potential causes of mental health problems namely discrimination, oppression, invisibility and pre-migration issues. Institutional racism has also been explored. Despite the fact that there is clear evidence of disadvantage to the Irish in Britain this group are omitted in discussions which seek to promote culturally appropriate services. The study looked at the implications of the findings for social work and, in particular, social work education, predominantly in the fields of discrimination, oppression and racism.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15

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