Ethnic density is not associated with psychological distress in Turkish-Dutch, Moroccan-Dutch and Surinamese-Dutch ethnic minorities in the Netherlands

A.C. Schrier, J. Peen, M.A.S. de Wit, E.J.C. van Ameijden, O. Erdem, A.P. Verhoeff, J.J.M. Dekker, A.T.F. Beekman, A.C. Schier

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Abstract

Purpose: Ethnic density, the proportion of people of the same ethnic group in the neighbourhood, has been identified as a protective factor with regard to mental health in ethnic minorities. Research on the putative intermediating factors, exposure to discrimination and improved social support, has not yielded conclusive evidence. We investigated the association between ethnic density and psychological well-being in three ethnic minority groups in the Netherlands. We also assessed whether a protective ethnic density effect is related to the degree to which each group experiences discrimination and social support at group level.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1557-1567
JournalSocial Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
Volume49
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2014

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