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Suicidal Behavior of Immigrants and Ethnic Minorities in Europe

Edited by: Diana van Bergen, Amanda Heredia Montesinos, Meryam Schouler-Ocak

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Leading experts examine suicidal behavior and its prevention in immigrants and their descendants – the fastest expanding proportion of the population in many European countries.

Nearly half of the inhabitants of several large European cities, such as London, Berlin, or Amsterdam, and a rising proportion of many countries’ overall population, are immigrants or from an ethnic minority. However, this fact has been understudied in research and prevention of suicidal behavior. This volume addresses this gap.

Leading experts describe rates and risk factors of suicidal behavior among immigrants and ethnic minorities, looking at high-risk groups such as female immigrants and refugees, as well as examining the role of cultural factors. They also show how epidemiology, theory, and other research findings can be translated into solid prevention and treatment programs.

From the reviews

"This book succeeds in offering a broad perspective on different aspects of suicidal behaviour among immigrants and ethnic minorities in Europe. [It] provides a wealth of information that will be useful for clinicians, researchers, and European policy makers, especially given the current great increase of asylum seekers and refugees from conflict areas and the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria."
Sofie Bäärnhielm, Transkulturellt Centrum, Stockholms läns landsting, Sweden, in Transcultural Psychiatry (2016)

"This is an exceptional addition to the compendium of books that focuses on cross-culturalpsychiatry. Its particular focus on suicidal behavior in immigrants and ethnic minorities distinguishesit. Written by leading experts the book is thoughtfully organized into five main parts that cohesively introduce topics, presentscientific data, describe specific ethnic populations, identify the role of culture and the meaning ofculture, and ultimately focus on prevention and treatment. It is noteworthy that the contributors are of a variety ofbackgrounds, which enhances the authority of the chapters."
Sheila Lahijani, MD, Rush University Medical Center, in DOODY'S LISTINGS AND REVIEWS, 2015

Praise for the book

“This book impressed me because of the comprehensive collection of relevant scientific findings, presenting an up-to-date and in-depth overview of the epidemiology, risk factors, culture, prevention, and treatment of suicidal behavior among immigrants, ethnic minorities, and refugees. All the information you need to know is in here. A must for policy makers and health care providers who deal with these groups.”
Ad Kerkhof, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Psychopathology, and Suicide Prevention at the VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands

“Suicide is a tragic and heartbreaking communication of distress. It involves complex behaviors triggered by specific histories of trauma, love and loss, exclusion, prejudice, discrimination and hopelessness, and societal contexts. This remarkable compilation on suicide in ethnic minorities and migrants highlights the latest and best comparative data, causal analyses, and preventive opportunities. Scientific and humane, it shows pathways to a more caring and connected society in which all people, irrespective of their cultural origins, have value and worth and a place in our society.”
Kamaldeep Bhui, Professor of Cultural Psychiatry and Epidemiology, Barts and The London Medical School, Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Queen Mary University of London, UK

“This volume, which offers both an illuminating discussion of the suicidal behavior of immigrant and minority groups and an overview of culturally sensitive prevention and intervention strategies, is a must-read for all who are interested in culture, migration, and suicidality.”
Sawitri Saharso, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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