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Niemi, M., Manhica, H., Gunnarsson, D., Ståhle, G., Larsson, S. & Saboonchi, F. (2019). A Scoping Review and Conceptual Model of Social Participation and Mental Health among Refugees and Asylum Seekers. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(20), Article ID E4027.
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2019 (English)In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, ISSN 1661-7827, E-ISSN 1660-4601, Vol. 16, no 20, article id E4027Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Social participation plays a key role in the integration of refugees and asylum seekers into their host societies, and is also closely tied to the mental health of those populations. The aim of this scoping review was to study how the concept of social participation is described in empirical research, and how it is associated with mental health outcomes.

METHODS: In total, 64 studies were identified through searches in PubMed, PsycInfo, and Sociological Abstracts. These studies describe various forms of social participation among refugees and asylum seekers, and 33 of them also addressed various forms of mental health outcomes.

RESULTS: The identified studies described forms and conditions of social participation-both in the host country and transnationally-that could be synthesized into three broad dimensions: (1) Regulatory frameworks, conditions and initiatives; (2) Established societal organizations and social structures; and (3) Community organized groups. Each of these consisted of several sub-domains. The identified dimensions of social participation were also associated with psychosocial well-being and decreased psychological distress.

CONCLUSIONS: There is a need for policies to enable and support the participation of refugees and asylum seekers in various dimensions of social structures in host societies. Social participation enhances resilience, re-establishes social lives, and acts as a protective factor against poor mental health outcomes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
MDPI, 2019
Keywords
dimension, mental health, refugees and asylum seekers, social participation
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:rkh:diva-3061 (URN)10.3390/ijerph16204027 (DOI)31640210 (PubMedID)
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2016-07194Public Health Agency of Sweden
Available from: 2019-11-05 Created: 2019-11-05 Last updated: 2020-02-28Bibliographically approved
Manhica, H., Niemi, M., Gunnarsson, D., Ståhle, G., Larsson, S. & Saboonchi, F. (2018). Social participation, mental health in refugees and asylum seekers: A scoping review. European Journal of Public Health, 28(Suppl. 4), 482-482
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2018 (English)In: European Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1101-1262, E-ISSN 1464-360X, Vol. 28, no Suppl. 4, p. 482-482Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Other academic) Published
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:rkh:diva-2798 (URN)10.1093/eurpub/cky218.213 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-04-09 Created: 2019-04-09 Last updated: 2019-04-09Bibliographically approved
Larsson, S., Eliasson, M., Klingberg Allvin, M., Faxelid, E., Atuyambe, L. & Fritzell, S. (2015). The discourses on induced abortion in Ugandan daily newspapers: a discourse analysis. Reproductive Health, 12(1), Article ID 58.
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2015 (English)In: Reproductive Health, ISSN 1742-4755, E-ISSN 1742-4755, Vol. 12, no 1, article id 58Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND: Ugandan law prohibits abortion under all circumstances except where there is a risk for the woman's life. However, it has been estimated that over 250 000 illegal abortions are being performed in the country yearly. Many of these abortions are carried out under unsafe conditions, being one of the most common reasons behind the nearly 5000 maternal deaths per year in Uganda. Little research has been conducted in relation to societal views on abortion within the Ugandan society. This study aims to analyze the discourse on abortion as expressed in the two main daily Ugandan newspapers.

METHOD: The conceptual content of 59 articles on abortion between years 2006-2012, from the two main daily English-speaking newspapers in Uganda, was studied using principles from critical discourse analysis.

RESULTS: A religious discourse and a human rights discourse, together with medical and legal sub discourses frame the subject of abortion in Uganda, with consequences for who is portrayed as a victim and who is to blame for abortions taking place. It shows the strong presence of the Catholic Church within the medial debate on abortion. The results also demonstrate the absence of medial statements related to abortion made by political stakeholders.

CONCLUSIONS: The Catholic Church has a strong position within the Ugandan society and their stance on abortion tends to have great influence on the way other actors and their activities are presented within the media, as well as how stakeholders choose to convey their message, or choose not to publicly debate the issue in question at all. To decrease the number of maternal deaths, we highlight the need for a more inclusive and varied debate that problematizes the current situation, especially from a gender perspective.

National Category
Other Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:rkh:diva-1880 (URN)10.1186/s12978-015-0049-0 (DOI)26108479 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2015-06-29 Created: 2015-06-29 Last updated: 2019-04-09Bibliographically approved
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