MY PROFESSION -
COMMUNITY PSYCHIATRIC NURSE

Sudha Chavda. Hillingdon
Part 3

Namaste, Folks! Hope you had a joyous and peaceful festive season. I would like to convey my heartiest best wishes to you all for the Year 2002. It was brilliant to have few days off from work but I am glad the festive season is well and truly over so that we could go back to normality. I don't know about you but I certainly was feeling confused in the mornings as to what day of the week it was; and this was without the consumption of alcohol!! I dread to think the state of people who drank more than their usual intake.
Anyway, I will continue writing from where I had left last time. I had mentioned that we, the mental health professionals encounter special problems in dealing with multicultural and multi-faith communities, mainly due to the cultural and religious beliefs and linguistic background of the clients. So in order to provide efficient service to diverse community, it is vital to understand their background, migration and lifestyle.

Migration
The Indian Subcontinent was governed by Britain until 1948. At independence, the subcontinent was partitioned, those states that were predominantly Hindu and Sikh became India, and those that were predominantly Muslim became Pakistan. Relations between India and Pakistan have been strained since then. Both countries have experienced internal political instability and there is widespread severe poverty in both. Post war migration reached its peak in the 1960's. They came for the same reason - to find work - They took jobs that the indigenous British did not want. Many immigrants still cherish the thought of returning 'home' and adopt an isolationist attitude to British society. They view much of British culture with misgiving, and are determined to hold on to their own traditions. It is no wonder that the immigrants who came in l960's hang on to their culture whilst the culture in their original country has changed so much. The culture they remember no longer exists. They were forced to make compromises and adaptations through gradual process of adjustment and conflict.


Migration Dislocation The Need to succeed Culture and concepts of mental illness Culture
The control of deviance Cultural differences in attitude to psychiatric treatment
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