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Schizophrenia, migration and mental health care reform in the Netherlands
by Jones, Thomas Craig, M.A., The American University of Paris (France), 2014, 69; 10305852
Abstract (Summary)

This work presents an inquiry on implementing mental healthcare reform in the Netherlands. Its aim is to improve Dutch health services’ treatment of local immigrants at increased risk of developing schizophrenia. To date, Dutch health services have struggled to successfully identify schizophrenia in clinically-high-risk communities. This is particularly true among Surinamese, Moroccan, Turkish, and Dutch Antillean immigrants, all of whom have arrived in great numbers since the early 1950s. Through qualitative field research this study will elucidate on the Netherlands’ shortcomings in identifying and diagnosing at risk ethnic groups. Having proven the scope and magnitude of the problematic, the final aim will be to create a preliminary proposal that outlines steps needed to implement mental healthcare reform in the Netherlands that better serves these groups. Indirectly, this research could eventually help inform the design of future effective transcultural mental health reform programs aimed to serve migrant populations in the Western world. In its larger scope of applicability, this study will show that despite the complexities of psychosis in migrants, there is value in designing, implementing and funding better, more ethnically-tailored mental health practices and initiatives geared towards those most at risk.

Keywords: Netherlands, migration, schizophrenia, mental health, reform

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Perry, Susan
Commitee: Fleury, Cynthia
School: The American University of Paris (France)
Department: International Affairs
School Location: France
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Ethnic studies, Health care management
Keywords: Immigrants, Mental health reform, Migration, Netherlands, Schizophrenia
Publication Number: 10305852
ISBN: 978-1-369-49416-7
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