Migration, Gender Roles, and Mental Illness: The Case of Somali Immigrants in Norway
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Original versionNæss A. Migration, Gender Roles, and Mental Illness: The Case of Somali Immigrants in Norway. International Migration Review. 2019:1-25 https://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0197918319867381
This article explores why Somali immigrant women in Norway have a lower utilization rate of mental-health services compared to Somali men. Based on qualitativeresearch, it argues that the maintenance of traditional gender ideals shapes barriersand opportunities for mental-health utilization. Discussing health beliefs andresponses in relation to gender roles and integration, the study identifies differentillness implications for Somali men and women. Whereas Somali women’s symbolicassociation with family accentuates perceived stigma, contributing to collective andindividual concealments, higher utilization of mental-health services among Somalimen is associated with social exposure. The findings suggest that research andoutreach measures related to mental health require attention to immigrant women.