Mental health literacy in the Arabic-speaking community of Victoria

Abuzinadah, Y 2019, Mental health literacy in the Arabic-speaking community of Victoria, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Global, Urban & Social Studies, RMIT University.


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Title Mental health literacy in the Arabic-speaking community of Victoria
Author(s) Abuzinadah, Y
Year 2019
Abstract This research explores mental health literacy in the Arabic-speaking community in Victoria, Australia, and their concepts, beliefs, perspectives and attitudes toward mental health in general. This research also examines the impact of mental health literacy on help seeking attitudes, relationships and intra and inter- community understanding.

This qualitative research employed both an online survey and face to face interviews for a total of 185 men and women aged 18+ from Arabic speaking backgrounds living in Victoria, Australia. Due to the cultural sensitivity of this topic, this research used online surveys to open up the topic with the broader community, then invited those who indicated deeper interest in the topic to participate in the face to face interview. There were 165 to the online survey – and from this, 20 people participated in the face to face interviews responses. The findings shows that the concepts, beliefs, perspectives and attitudes toward mental health in the Arabic community is highly influenced by cultural and religious beliefs and practices such as: جن)jinn) وربط سحرSeher & Rabtt (Black magic spills and sorcery) , حسدHassad & العينAl-ayn (Envy and Evil eye), عيبAyeb (Stigma) and الرجولةRejal ( Manhood). The findings also highlighting several literacy issues and complex language gaps.

The outcomes of this research will contribute to raising mental health awareness among the Arabic-speaking community, develop and enhance mental health service provision and explore new ideas regarding elevating mental health literacy in the Arabic- speaking community in a more culturally competent and sensitive way.
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Global, Urban & Social Studies
Subjects Social and Community Psychology
Race and Ethnic Relations
Social Change
Keyword(s) Mental health
Arab
Multicultural
Intercultural
Arabic
Majnoon
Hassad
Jinn
Autoethnography
Stigma
Counseling
Mental Health Literary
Disparities
Migration
Community
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