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Promoting the mental well-being of older people from black and minority ethnic communities in United Kingdom rural areas: Findings from an interview study

Manthorpe, Jill, Moriarty, Jo, Stevens, Martin, Hussein, Shereen, Sharif, N (2012) Promoting the mental well-being of older people from black and minority ethnic communities in United Kingdom rural areas: Findings from an interview study. Journal of Rural Studies, 28 (4). pp. 406-411. ISSN 0743-0167. (doi:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2012.01.006) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:68350)

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Abstract

Drawing from 81 interviews with practitioners in social care and housing with care services in the United

Kingdom, this paper explores practice issues in rural areas when supporting the mental health and wellbeing

of older people from Black and minority ethnic groups. The paper begins with a review of the

literature which provides evidence that BME older people are likely to be increasingly part of the

populations of rural areas. Next it presents interview data revealing that while practitioners are aware of

such demographic changes in general terms; some feel that they lack training and skills in adapting their

professional practice to support all older people. Others express feelings of professional isolation in

seeking to support older people from minority groups and are concerned that older people from minority

groups may be at risk of isolation and loneliness. The paper concludes with a discussion of the study’s

implications for rural practice, policy and research.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2012.01.006
Additional information: Unmapped bibliographic data: M3 - Article [Field not mapped to EPrints] U2 - 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2012.01.006 [Field not mapped to EPrints] JO - Journal of Rural Studies [Field not mapped to EPrints]
Uncontrolled keywords: Ethnicity, Rurality, Older people, Mental health, Service development, Link workers, User views
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
Depositing User: Shereen Hussein
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2018 11:49 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:25 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/68350 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Hussein, Shereen: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7946-0717
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