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Abstract

An Exploratory Study of the Experiences of Adult Multiracial Community Mental Health Clients in a Metro Vancouver City

In the 2006 census, 458, 240 Canadians reported belonging to more than one population group, a 25% increase from 2001. Although little Canadian research has explored multiraciality, American and British research demonstrates there are differences in the mental health and substance use rates of multiracial individuals when compared to monoracial groups.Ten multiracial community mental health clients were interviewed to explore how multiraciality affected their wellbeing. Participants discussed racism, belonging, spirituality, identity, strengths and good care. Suggestions for improving mental health services to multiracial individuals are discussed. Au recensement de 2006, 458, 240 Canadiens ont declare appartenir a plus d’un groupe de population soit une augmentation de 25% par rapport a 2001. Bien que peu de recherche a exploré la multiracialite, les recherche Américains et Britanniques démontrent qu’il y a une différence dans la sante mentale et le taux d’utilisation de la substance des personnes multiracials par rapport aux groupes monoracial. Dix clients communautaire santé mentale ont été interviewés pour explorer comment la multiracialite a affecte leur bienêtre. Les participants ont discuté le racisme, l’appartenance, la spiritualite, l’identite, les forces et les bons soins. Il conclut avec suggestions pour améliorer les services de santé mentale chez les personnes multiracials.


Author(s):

Sana Siddiqui, Tony B. Benning, Yves Chinnapen



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