31. Epidemiology of Migration and Serious Mental Illness: The Example of Migrants to Europe

  1. Ming T. Tsuang2,3,
  2. Mauricio Tohen4,5 and
  3. Peter B. Jones6
  1. Monica Charalambides,
  2. Craig Morgan and
  3. Robin M. Murray

Published Online: 19 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470976739.ch31

Textbook of Psychiatric Epidemiology, Third Edition

Textbook of Psychiatric Epidemiology, Third Edition

How to Cite

Charalambides, M., Morgan, C. and Murray, R. M. (2011) Epidemiology of Migration and Serious Mental Illness: The Example of Migrants to Europe, in Textbook of Psychiatric Epidemiology, Third Edition (eds M. T. Tsuang, M. Tohen and P. B. Jones), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470976739.ch31

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Center for Behavioral Genomics, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla CA 92039, USA

  2. 3

    Harvard Institute of Psychiatric Epidemiology & Genetics, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, USA

  3. 4

    Department of Psychiatry, University of Texas Health Science Centre at San Antonio, USA

  4. 5

    Division of Mood and Anxiety Disorders, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 7526 Louis Pasteur Drive, San Antonio TX 78229-3900, USA

  5. 6

    Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge, Box 189, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge CB2 2QQ, UK

Author Information

  1. Institute of Psychiatry, Psychological Medicine, King's Institute, De Crespigny Park, Denmark Hill, London SE5 8AF, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 15 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470694671

Online ISBN: 9780470976739

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Keywords:

  • epidemiology of migration and serious mental illness - migrants to Europe;
  • elevated rates of schizophrenia, and other psychoses - in migrant and minority ethnic groups, well established;
  • migrant and ethnicity - measured in research, and raised concerns;
  • ethnicity, multifaceted concept - incorporating race and culture;
  • high rates of psychosis in migrants - genuine findings, and methodological artefact;
  • elevated rates of psychosis - in black Caribbean population in England, overcoming methodological limitations;
  • selective migration - explaining high rates in migrants;
  • black Caribbean origin - greater genetic risk of developing psychosis, than the white population;
  • Cannabis use, another possible candidate - high rates of psychosis in migrants;
  • gene–environment interactions and impact of adversity - on developing brain, predisposing to psychosis

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Defining the constructs

  • High rates of psychosis in migrants: A genuine finding or methodological artefact?

  • Possible explanations

  • Biological considerations

  • Cannabis use

  • Adverse social experiences

  • Mechanisms

  • Implications

  • References