Intersectionality, mental health and Chinese people in the UK: A qualitative exploration

Lynn TANG*, David PILGRIM

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)

Abstract

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to provide qualitative evidence from the experience of Chinese service users in the UK to expand the literature on the use of intersectionality analysis in research on the mental health of ethnic minority groups. Design/methodology/approach - Repeated in-depth life-history interviews were carried out with 22 participants. Interviews were analysed using the constant comparative method. Findings - Four areas of life are identified for their possible negative impact on mental health for this minority group: labour market and work conditions, marriage and family, education, and ageing. The findings illustrate how these intersecting variables may shape the social conditions this ethnic minority group face. For this ethnic minority group in the UK, inequalities can intersect at national as well as transnational level. Originality/value - This paper highlights how power relations and structural inequalities including class, gender, age and ethnicity could be drawn upon to understand the interplay of determinants of mental health for ethnic minority groups. As the multi-factorial social forces are closely related to the emergence of poor mental health, it is suggested that interventions to reduce mental health problems in ethnic minority communities should be multi-level and not limited to individualised service responses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-299
Number of pages11
JournalMental Health Review Journal
Volume22
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Inequalities
  • Intersectionality
  • Mental health
  • UK Chinese

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