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Perceptions of Mental Illness among Somali Immigrants in Uddevalla and the Challenges faced by Welfare Workers when addressing Mental Illness to Somali Immigrants
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Work and Social Pedagogy.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this thesis was to explore Somali immigrants' perceptions of mental health and address the challenges that welfare workers encounter with Somali immigrants. For any immigrant, accessing mental health care and other social services in the host country is an important component in achieving a successful integration. However, immigrants are less likely to access medical and social services than other born citizens. For Somali immigrants living in Sweden concepts of mental illness may not be recognised, understood or treated in the same way across non-Western cultures. This study is based on primary and secondary research in Uddevalla municipality as a part of an ongoing project called Integration Of Health Promotion & Public Health Equality In Uddevalla. The data derive from four individual interviews with Somali immigrants living in Uddevalla and two individual interviews with welfare workers. The results highlighted the importance of the following aspects:

(a) the concept of mental illness was found to be unfamiliar to the participants whereby mental illness is highly associated with craziness.

(b) views of mental illness had a divided opinion among informants: some believed stress can trigger mental illness, while others believed illness comes from God whereby religion was seen as important when maintaining health and wellbeing

(c) stigma is associated with mental illness in Somali communities, and due to fear of being labelled it has resulted in a lack of seeking help, and acceptance of mental illness is likely to be delayed by Somali immigrants.

(d) for welfare workers reaching out to Somali immigrants it is a challenge as well as addressing about mental illness to Somali immigrants.

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2018. , p. 43
Keywords [en]
Somali immigrants in Sweden, mental illness, welfare workers, perceptions
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-12386Local ID: EXS800OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-12386DiVA, id: diva2:1211057
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Social work
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Socialt arbete med inriktning mot arbetsintegrerat lärande
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Available from: 2018-05-31 Created: 2018-05-30 Last updated: 2018-05-31Bibliographically approved

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