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Mental health disorders among minority women: risk factors and consequences from a life-course perspective - project description

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The aim of the current project is to determine the extent of mental health service use among minority women over time and to identify the causes and consequences of mental health disorders over the life-course.


Summary

Minority women often report more mental health difficulties than both majority women and minority men, yet are underrepresented in mental health care. Most studies in Norway are limited to studies comparing groups in at one point in time. Mental health disorders can occur and reoccur throughout the life cycle and are often the result of an accumulation of many factors. Thus, to better identify why some people experience a mental health disorder, we need to consider risk factors over a greater time period. Further, we know little about the life consequences of mental health disorders among minority women.

The aim of the current project is to determine the extent of mental health service use among minority women over time and to identify the causes and consequences of mental health disorders over the life-course. By minority women, we mean immigrant women and their female decedents. We will consider how factors such as poverty, unemployment and marital transitions impact mental health (assessed by use of mental health care services) over time, and how mental health disorders impact future outcomes such as marital transitions, employment and income.

By using data from several national registries, we will obtain a better overview of minority women’s health care needs. This will aid future health care planning as the minority population continues to grow and diversify. Through the project, we will also identify risk and protective factors for mental health disorders across the lifespan of minority women, which can help with prevention strategies. Finally, our results will give an indication of whether particular groups of minority women need extra support in order to obtain higher education or to stay in the labour market following a mental health problem.

See the full project description at Cristin for more information about results, researchers, contact information etc.

Project participants

Project leader

Melanie Lindsay Straiton, Avdeling for psykisk helse og selvmord, Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Project participants

Karina Corbett, National Institute of Occupational Health
Dawit Shawel Abebe, Department of Nursing and Health Promotion, Oslomet - Oslo Metropolitan University
Lars Johan Hauge, Avdeling for psykisk helse og selvmord, Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Hollander Anna-Clara, Karolinska Institute
Liefbroer Aart, University of Groningen