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Lost in interpretation: The use of interpreters in research on mental ill health
Malmö högskola, Faculty of Health and Society (HS), Department of Social Work (SA).
Malmö högskola, Faculty of Health and Society (HS), Department of Social Work (SA).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7625-5873
Malmö högskola, Faculty of Health and Society (HS), Department of Health and Welfare Studies (HV).
2012 (English)In: International Journal of Social Psychiatry, ISSN 0020-7640, E-ISSN 1741-2854, Vol. 58, no 1, p. 34-40Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND: : The literature concerning interpretation in research primarily concentrates on rigorous techniques to eliminate bias. This article analyses other significant issues that arise when interpreters participate in research. MATERIAL: : Empirical examples are drawn from a research project concerning mental ill health in a multicultural neighbourhood. DISCUSSION: : Interpreters influence interview data in ways commonly unnoticed by researchers. One often-overlooked factor is that languages are dynamic and interpreters are not instruments. CONCLUSION: : Research conducted with an interpreter is a complex undertaking. Solely relying on checklists to improve methodological rigour can result in a false sense of the material's validity.

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Sage Publications, 2012. Vol. 58, no 1, p. 34-40
Keywords [en]
interpreter, cross-cultural research, Sweden, mental ill-health, methodological rigour
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Medical and Health Sciences
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Health and society
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-3895DOI: 10.1177/0020764010382693ISI: 000297867400004PubMedID: 20833705Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-83455177998Local ID: 13349OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-3895DiVA, id: diva2:1400718
Available from: 2020-02-28 Created: 2020-02-28 Last updated: 2024-02-05Bibliographically approved
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1. Mental ill health and diversity: Researching human suffering and resilience in a multicultural context
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mental ill health and diversity: Researching human suffering and resilience in a multicultural context
2011 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The general objective of this dissertation was to study the putative underutilisation of mental health services in a multicultural context. The method followed a qualitative interview-based naturalistic approach, and the interview format was primarily semi-structured. Special attention in the method section has been given to the role of the interpreter in research. For some time the research areas of underutilisation of mental health care among immigrants, and that of children of immigrant parents suffering from mental illness, have been dominated by a vulnerability approach. Results from the present thesis show that this one-dimensional picture of immigrants as a category associated with psychopathology ought to be balanced with that of strength and resilience. It was also found in the studied group that underutilisation of mental health care is partly due to the perception of mental conditions as normal life crises, rather than illnesses. Thus, instead of focusing on health care resources, interviewees conveyed their need for greater social and financial support. The results of this study suggest that there is a lack of extended possibilities, for both adults and children of immigrant background, to express their own needs outside a predefined context. Investigating aspects of resilience in future research on mental ill health in multicultural contexts would challenge the focus on vulnerability, and perhaps so promote resilience.

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Malmö University, Faculty of Health and Society, 2011. p. 71
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Malmö University Health and Society Dissertations, ISSN 1653-5383 ; 2
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Medical and Health Sciences
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urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-7319 (URN)11997 (Local ID)978-91-7104-246-0 (ISBN)11997 (Archive number)11997 (OAI)
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