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Title: Exploring mental wellbeing with Chinese people in Scotland : a cultural, qualitative approach
Author: Siebelt, Lindsay Claire
Awarding Body: University of the West of Scotland
Current Institution: University of the West of Scotland
Date of Award: 2013
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his PhD study explores mental wellbeing with Chinese people living in Scotland. Chinese people make up the second largest of Scotland’s minority ethnic groups (The Scottish Government, 2004). Yet, there is dearth of knowledge about the health of this group (The Scottish Ethnicity and Health Research Strategy Working Group, 2009), and more specifically, there is a need for increased understanding about mental wellbeing in relation to this group (Newbigging, Bola, & Shah, 2008). In addition, the importance of gaining understanding and awareness about the cultures of different groups in the UK has been brought to attention (e.g. Bhopal, 2012). Indeed culture has been shown to have a strong influence on how people live their lives (Chiu & Hong, 2006; Chiu, Leung, & Hong, 2011) and on perceptions and experiences of health and mental wellbeing (e.g. Gervais & Jovchelovitch, 1999; Newbigging et al., 2008). The current study adopts a qualitative approach to explore both how mental wellbeing is conceptualised, and what the mental wellbeing-related experiences and issues are for Chinese people in Scotland. The theoretical and conceptual perspective underpinning the study is that of cultural psychology, which seeks to understand the relationship between psychological phenomena and cultural life (Ratner, 2002). Qualitative interviews were undertaken with first and second generation Chinese people in order to explore these subjects. The data was analysed thematically using NVivo. The findings illustrate that mental wellbeing is conceptualised in a broad and varied way, and that cultural learning shapes and influences these concepts. The emic, subjective approach emerged as particularly valuable in investigating mental wellbeing within this group, since this allows the viewpoint of the participant, and the different factors which are relevant and important to different people, to emerge. The factors which emerged as important in this study include both individual aspects of mental wellbeing (including achievement and life satisfaction) and social aspects (including relationships with others, and the family in particular). Cultural factors including Chinese medicine (and the holistic approach) and Chinese philosophy were also discussed.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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