Psychological Medicine

Editorial

The social determinants of psychosis in migrant and ethnic minority populations: a public health tragedy

C. Morgana1 c1 and G. Hutchinsona2

a1 NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, and Centre for Public Mental Health, Health Service and Population Research Department, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London, UK

a2 Psychiatry Unit, Department of Clinical Medical Sciences, University of the West Indies, Mount Hope, Champs Fleurs, Trinidad

High rates of schizophrenia and other psychoses have been repeatedly found in migrant populations. However, the development of public health responses has been hindered by unfounded claims that the high rates are an artefact of misdiagnosis. Recent research implicating exposure to social adversity across the life course as the key explanation for these high rates has the potential to inform initiatives to tackle this major public health problem.

(Received January 05 2009)

(Revised January 15 2009)

(Accepted February 15 2009)

(Online publication April 01 2009)

Correspondence

c1 Address for correspondence: C. Morgan, Ph.D., Centre for Public Mental Health, Health Service and Population Research Department, Box 33, Institute of Psychiatry, De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF, UK. (Email: spjucrm@iop.kcl.ac.uk)

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