Social Capital and Mental Health Among Black and Minority Ethnic Groups in the UK

J. Bamford*, G. Klabbers, E. Curran, M. Rosato, G. Leavey

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Abstract

Black and minority ethnic communities are at higher risk of mental health problems. We explore differences in mental health and the influence of social capital among ethnic minority groups in Great Britain. Cross-sectional linear and logistic regression analysis of data from Wave 6 (2014-2016) of theUnderstanding Societydatabases. In unadjusted models testing the likelihood of reporting psychological distress (i) comparing against a white (British) reference population Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi andmixedethnic minority groups recorded excess levels of distress; and (ii) increasing levels of social capital recorded a strong protective effect (OR = 0.94: 95% CI 0.935, 0.946). In a subsequent series of gender-specific incremental logistic models-after adjustment for sociodemographic and socioeconomic factors Pakistani (males and females) and Indian females recorded higher likelihoods of psychological distress, and the further inclusion of social capital in these models did not materially alter these results. More research on the definition, measurement and distribution of social capital as applies to ethnic minority groups in Great Britain, and how it influences mental wellbeing is needed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)502-510
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Volume23
Issue number3
Early online date4 Jul 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021

Keywords

  • cohesion
  • depression
  • disorders
  • ethnic minorities
  • illness
  • mental health
  • mobility
  • questionnaire
  • racism
  • sample
  • self-rated health
  • social capital
  • wellbeing
  • Ethnic minorities
  • Mental health
  • Wellbeing
  • ILLNESS
  • RACISM
  • COHESION
  • QUESTIONNAIRE
  • DEPRESSION
  • MOBILITY
  • DISORDERS
  • Social capital
  • SELF-RATED HEALTH
  • SAMPLE

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