Recognizing service users’ diversity: social identity narratives of British Pakistanis in a mental health context

Hussain, Basharat, Sheikh, Abdullah Zafar, Repper, Julie, Stickley, Theodore, Timmons, Stephen and Shah, Mahmood (2021) Recognizing service users’ diversity: social identity narratives of British Pakistanis in a mental health context. Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, 16 (3). pp. 200-212. ISSN 1755-6228

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This study aims to investigate how British Pakistani people talk about their social identity, in the context of mental health, and how this shapes their experiences and perceptions of care delivered by the National Health Service (NHS), UK.

Eight narrative interviews were conducted amongst members of the Pakistani community living in a city in the UK. The data were analysed using a narrative analysis approach using ‘social identity’ as a theoretical lens.

Considering Pakistani service users as a single social entity, and responding with generic approaches in meeting their mental health needs, may not be helpful in achieving equitable treatment. Study participants reject a simple conceptualisation of race and how a response based upon stereotypes is woefully inadequate. The study revealed that people from one ethnic or national background cannot be assumed to have a fixed social identity.

This study broadens understanding of how people from a single ethnic background may construct and view their social identities markedly different to others from the same ethnic group. This has implications for service providers in understanding how their clients’ social identity is treated and understood in practice.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: social identity, ethnic minority service users, mental health services, NHS, Pakistani
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
C800 Psychology
L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2021 10:59
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 11:16

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