Enhancing mental-health literacy among cultural minorities in Malaysia

Rafidah Aga Mohd Jaladin, Noh Amit, Nabeel Abdallah Mohammad Abedalaziz

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Abstract

Mental-health literacy refers to knowledge and beliefs about mental disorders that help their recognition, management and prevention. Mental-health literacy research has become a popular topic among scholars in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and many others. However, in Malaysia, studies on mental-health literacy is still in its infancy and confines to a very specialized and limited number of professional experts such as the psychiatrists, medical doctors and the clinical psychologists. As a result, mental health in Malaysia has not received the kind of attention it deserves as compared with other developed countries. Among members of the public, those who come from cultural minority populations are normally the so-called marginalized and disadvantaged ones. This means that many members of these minority populations may have poor mental-health literacy because of their socio-political constraints compared with the mainstream society. Therefore, the aims of this paper are two folds: (1) to review existing literature for understanding the conceptual and methodological issues in undertaking research in mental-health literacy, and (2) to review relevant literature for understanding the unique cultures, specific needs and challenges of being a member of cultural minorities. Drawing on multicultural literature as a theoretical lens, this paper presents an overview of mental-health development in Malaysia, conceptualizes the term mental-health literacy and discusses the cultures, unique needs and challenges of being a member of cultural minorities in Malaysia.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Sciences and Interdisciplinary Behavior - Proceedings of the 4th International Congress on Interdisciplinary Behavior and Social Science, ICIBSOS 2015
PublisherCRC Press/Balkema
Pages357-362
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781138028388
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event4th International Congress on Interdisciplinary Behavior and Social Science, ICIBSOS 2015 - Jakarta, Indonesia
Duration: 7 Nov 20158 Nov 2015

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Other4th International Congress on Interdisciplinary Behavior and Social Science, ICIBSOS 2015
CountryIndonesia
CityJakarta
Period7/11/158/11/15

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Malaysia
literacy
mental health
minority
psychiatrist
mental disorder
psychologist
Singapore
Hong Kong
expert
management
literature

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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Jaladin, R. A. M., Amit, N., & Abedalaziz, N. A. M. (2016). Enhancing mental-health literacy among cultural minorities in Malaysia. In Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Behavior - Proceedings of the 4th International Congress on Interdisciplinary Behavior and Social Science, ICIBSOS 2015 (pp. 357-362). CRC Press/Balkema.

Enhancing mental-health literacy among cultural minorities in Malaysia. / Jaladin, Rafidah Aga Mohd; Amit, Noh; Abedalaziz, Nabeel Abdallah Mohammad.

Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Behavior - Proceedings of the 4th International Congress on Interdisciplinary Behavior and Social Science, ICIBSOS 2015. CRC Press/Balkema, 2016. p. 357-362.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Jaladin, RAM, Amit, N & Abedalaziz, NAM 2016, Enhancing mental-health literacy among cultural minorities in Malaysia. in Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Behavior - Proceedings of the 4th International Congress on Interdisciplinary Behavior and Social Science, ICIBSOS 2015. CRC Press/Balkema, pp. 357-362, 4th International Congress on Interdisciplinary Behavior and Social Science, ICIBSOS 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia, 7/11/15.
Jaladin RAM, Amit N, Abedalaziz NAM. Enhancing mental-health literacy among cultural minorities in Malaysia. In Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Behavior - Proceedings of the 4th International Congress on Interdisciplinary Behavior and Social Science, ICIBSOS 2015. CRC Press/Balkema. 2016. p. 357-362
Jaladin, Rafidah Aga Mohd ; Amit, Noh ; Abedalaziz, Nabeel Abdallah Mohammad. / Enhancing mental-health literacy among cultural minorities in Malaysia. Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Behavior - Proceedings of the 4th International Congress on Interdisciplinary Behavior and Social Science, ICIBSOS 2015. CRC Press/Balkema, 2016. pp. 357-362
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