Journal article

Distressing encounters in the context of climate change: Idioms of distress, determinants, and responses to distress in Tuvalu

Kari Gibson, Nick Haslam, Ida Kaplan

Transcultural Psychiatry | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2019


Across the globe there is a critical need for culturally informed and locally valid approaches to mental health assessment and intervention, particularly among disadvantaged and marginalized populations. To be optimally effective, such approaches must be informed by a sound understanding of locally relevant idioms of distress and its determinants, including those caused or exacerbated by global power disparities and structural inequities. Climate change, arising due to anthropogenic sources located predominantly in industrialized nations, is one potential determinant of distress having disproportionate adverse impacts on already marginalized populations. The present study formed part of a br..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors wish to express their gratitude to the following Tuvaluan cultural and language advisors, collaborators in the field, and interpreters: Ms. Teuleala Manuella-Morris, Ms. Eselealofa Apinelu, Mr. David Manuella, Mrs. Aloama Tavit, and Mrs. Marion Felasiu. We also thank the Melbourne Social Equity Institute, the Golden Key International Honor Society and the individuals who supported the project through Pozible.