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A global mental health opportunity: How can cultural concepts of distress broaden the construct of immobility?

Harasym, Mary C; Raju, Emmanuel; Ayeb-Karlsson, Sonja; (2022) A global mental health opportunity: How can cultural concepts of distress broaden the construct of immobility? Global Environmental Change , 77 , Article 102594. 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2022.102594. Green open access

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Abstract

(Im)mobility studies often focus on people on the move, neglecting those who stay, are immobile, or are trapped. The duality of the COVID-19 pandemic and the climate crisis creates a global mental health challenge, impacting the most structurally oppressed, including immobile populations. The construct of immobility is investigated in the context of socio-political variables but lacks examination of the clinical psychological factors that impact immobility. Research is beginning to identify self-reported emotions that immobile populations experience through describing metaphors like feeling trapped. This article identifies links in the literature between Cultural Concepts of Distress drawn from transcultural psychiatry and immobility studies. Feeling trapped is described in mental health research widely. Among (im)mobile people and non-mobility contexts, populations experience various mental health conditions from depression to the cultural syndrome, nervios. The connection of feeling trapped to CCD research lends itself to potential utility in immobility research. The conceptualisation can support broadening and deepening the comprehension of this global mental health challenge – how immobile populations’ experience feeling trapped. To broaden the analytical framework of immobility and incorporate CCD, evidence is needed to fill the gaps on the psychological aspects of immobility research.

Type: Article
Title: A global mental health opportunity: How can cultural concepts of distress broaden the construct of immobility?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2022.102594
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2022.102594
Language: English
Additional information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. The images or other third-party material in this article are included in the Creative Commons license, unless indicated otherwise in the credit line; if the material is not included under the Creative Commons license, users will need to obtain permission from the license holder to reproduce the material. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Keywords: Immobility, Cultural concepts of distress, Climate change, Migration, Global mental health, Trapped populations
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Inst for Risk and Disaster Reduction
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10159805
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