Journal article

The Politics of Conducting Research on Depression in a Cross-Cultural Context

Renata Kokanovic, John Furler, Carl May, Christopher Dowrick, Helen Herrman, Helen Evert, Jane Gunn

QUALITATIVE HEALTH RESEARCH | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2009

Abstract

Successful community engagement is often a crucial component of effective qualitative research. In this article we reflect on our experience of engaging with ethnic minority communities in a qualitative study of help seeking for depression. Community engagement emerges as a complex process that provides important insights into the way mental illness is constructed in various cultural contexts and from diverse perspectives. Contested notions of ethnicity, culture, community, and depression were the domains in which personal and public politics were played out. We worked with bilingual research assistants who provided an entrée to the community. Despite this, disparate community subgroups and ..

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