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Globalization, migration, and mental health: A conceptual model for health research 

Globalization, migration, and mental health: A conceptual model for health research
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Globalization, migration, and mental health: A conceptual model for health research
Author(s):

Vishal Bhavsar

, Shuo Zhang

, and Dinesh Bhugra

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198792994.003.0032
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date: 27 November 2020

Globalization not only affects mental health, but also our conceptualizations and measurements of it. The last three decades have seen global efforts to determine the prevalence of human illness and to universalize the provision of mental health treatment for everyone. At the same time, theorization of the effect of global social, economic, and social transitions on mental health and the factors that influence it have been relatively lacking, limiting the effectiveness and take-up of interventions, and the development of policies. This chapter reviews previous theoretical models of the effects globalization on health, and develops a model for mental health. In particular, the measurement of mental health, well-being, and adversity is located under the influence of macrosocial processes. Influences on mental health across the many levels in which the individual is situated are emphasized. Questions and implications for further empirical work are drawn out, including in the ‘global mental health’ field.

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