Skip to main content Accessibility help
×
Home
Hostname: page-component-99c86f546-4hcbs Total loading time: 0.235 Render date: 2021-12-02T23:33:07.798Z Has data issue: true Feature Flags: { "shouldUseShareProductTool": true, "shouldUseHypothesis": true, "isUnsiloEnabled": true, "metricsAbstractViews": false, "figures": true, "newCiteModal": false, "newCitedByModal": true, "newEcommerce": true, "newUsageEvents": true }

Acculturation and Migration: Language- Proficiency Among Immigrant Psychiatric Patients in Italy

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  15 April 2020

A. Ventriglio
Affiliation:
Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Section of Psychiatry – University of Foggia, Foggia, Italy
M. Pascucci
Affiliation:
Department of Neurosciences, Institute of Psychiatry and Psychology – Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy
E. Cuozzo
Affiliation:
Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Section of Psychiatry – University of Foggia, Foggia, Italy
E. Stella
Affiliation:
Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Section of Psychiatry – University of Foggia, Foggia, Italy
G. Vitrani
Affiliation:
Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Section of Psychiatry – University of Foggia, Foggia, Italy
A. Bellomo
Affiliation:
Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Section of Psychiatry – University of Foggia, Foggia, Italy

Abstract

HTML view is not available for this content. However, as you have access to this content, a full PDF is available via the ‘Save PDF’ action button.
Aim

This study tested the associations between Language-proficiency (LP) and clinical, therapeutic characteristics among hospitalized immigrants to study how LP may influence the presentation and the outcome of mental disorders.

Background

According to our previous evidences, lack of cultural adaptation may risk or worsen mental illness among immigrants, and interfere with assessment and treatment. Also, LP seems essential for access to foreign environments. In this study further considerations were made regarding LP on a larger sample of immigrant patients and longer period of observation.

Method

We reviewed clinical records of immigrant psychiatric patients hospitalized at the University of Foggia in 2004–2012 (N=153), and compared characteristics of patients with adequate versus inadequate language proficiency (LP).

Results

Subjects were 80 men and 73 women, aged 35.2±10.3 years, 50.3% emigrated from other European countries. Many were diagnosed with a DSM-IV adjustment disorder (31.3%) or depressive disorder (28.1%), and 69.9% were in first-lifetime episodes. Average comprehension and spoken language-proficiency (LP) was considered adequate in 62.7% and inadequate in 37.3%. Adequate-LP was more prevalent among women (p<0.0001), in first-lifetime episode cases (p=0.0005), among patients had entered Italy legally (p=0.0009), and emigrated from another European country (p=0.01).

Conclusion

Findings support an expected importance of LP among immigrant psychiatric inpatients, and encourage language-assessment and training as part of comprehensive support of such patients, especially men.

Type
Article: 0861
Copyright
Copyright © European Psychiatric Association 2015

References

Ventriglio, A, et al.Language proficiency among hospitalized immigrant psychiatric patients in Italy. Int J Soc Psychiatry 2014 10.1177/0020764013487653CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed
Bhugra, D, Gupta, SMigration and Mental Health. Cambridge: Cambridge Medicine Editions 2011Google ScholarPubMed
Submit a response

Comments

No Comments have been published for this article.
You have Access

Send article to Kindle

To send this article to your Kindle, first ensure no-reply@cambridge.org is added to your Approved Personal Document E-mail List under your Personal Document Settings on the Manage Your Content and Devices page of your Amazon account. Then enter the ‘name’ part of your Kindle email address below. Find out more about sending to your Kindle. Find out more about sending to your Kindle.

Note you can select to send to either the @free.kindle.com or @kindle.com variations. ‘@free.kindle.com’ emails are free but can only be sent to your device when it is connected to wi-fi. ‘@kindle.com’ emails can be delivered even when you are not connected to wi-fi, but note that service fees apply.

Find out more about the Kindle Personal Document Service.

Acculturation and Migration: Language- Proficiency Among Immigrant Psychiatric Patients in Italy
Available formats
×

Send article to Dropbox

To send this article to your Dropbox account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your <service> account. Find out more about sending content to Dropbox.

Acculturation and Migration: Language- Proficiency Among Immigrant Psychiatric Patients in Italy
Available formats
×

Send article to Google Drive

To send this article to your Google Drive account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your <service> account. Find out more about sending content to Google Drive.

Acculturation and Migration: Language- Proficiency Among Immigrant Psychiatric Patients in Italy
Available formats
×
×

Reply to: Submit a response

Please enter your response.

Your details

Please enter a valid email address.

Conflicting interests

Do you have any conflicting interests? *