Indicators of psychoses or psychoses as indicators: the relationship between Indigenous social disadvantage and serious mental illness

Hunter, Ernest (2013) Indicators of psychoses or psychoses as indicators: the relationship between Indigenous social disadvantage and serious mental illness. Australasian Psychiatry, 21 (1). pp. 22-26.

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Abstract

Objective: To explore the relationship between Indigenous social disadvantage and serious mental illness.

Conclusions: Rapidly changing patterns of mental disorders in Indigenous populations indicate the importance of social determinants. Canadian research on Native American suicide has demonstrated a clear link between social control factors and one mental health issue – completed suicide – a finding with major social policy implications. This work has not been replicable in Australia, reflecting the particular political and social circumstances of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations. Recent research motivated by clinicians' observations of an increase in psychotic disorders in the Indigenous populations of Cape York and the Torres Strait has demonstrated that the prevalence is high and that there are within-population differences. Given similar exposure to social disadvantage, these findings raise the possibility of utilising Indigenous psychosis prevalence as a metric to inform a more nuanced understanding of the predictors of wider vulnerability and resilience at a setting level, and as a policy and service development lever.

Item ID: 32619
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1440-1665
Keywords: Aboriginal, control, Indigenous, mental illness, psychosis, social determinants, Torres Strait Islander
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2014 04:45
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920399 Indigenous Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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