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Dissociation in Black or Black-British people of African and African-Caribbean descent in the United Kingdom

Collection:
Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Contributor:
De Maynard,V. A. (Author)
Format:
Journal Article
Publication Date:
2009
Published:
ME Sharpe
ISBN:
0020-7411
Location:
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Blacks, Racism, Caribbean people, Black Britons, United Kingdom, Mental Health, Mental disorders, Self esteem
Notes:
Visibly black people of African and African-Caribbean descent (black people) are 2-5 times more likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia and other psychoses than their counterparts from other ethnic minorities in the United Kingdom. However, the symptomology of psychotic illnesses and dissociative experiences are difficult to differentiate. Interestingly, black people detained under the Mental Health Act are more likely to give perceived racism as the cause of their emotional distress than their counterparts from other ethnic groups, but there is very little indication in the literature as to how perceived racism might exert its effect on black people's mental health.