Brexit, acculturative stress and mental health among EU citizens in Scotland.
Teodorowski, Piotr; Woods, Ruth; Czarnecka, Magda; Kennedy, Catriona
Professor Catriona Kennedy firstname.lastname@example.org
Queens Nursing Inst Scotland - Professor
The ‘Brexit’ referendum represents a hostile shift in the United Kingdom’s acculturative context. With its remain majority and pro-migration political discourse, Scotland appears less hostile than the rest of the United Kingdom. We explored whether and how Brexit affected the mental health of European Union citizens living in Scotland. Thirty EU citizens took part in seven focus groups. Participants reported three main sources of acculturative stress: uncertainty, feelings of rejection, and experiences of loss. These were associated with a range of negative emotional and mental states including anxiety, anger, shock and sadness. A minority reported severe difficulties including trauma, panic attacks, and deterioration of existing physical and mental health conditions. Participants mobilized contrasts between Scotland and other parts of the UK to partially mitigate feelings of rejection. These findings indicate that the UK’s hostile acculturative context has had important, enduring effects on the mental health of EU citizens in Scotland.
TEODOROWSKI, P., WOODS, R., CZARNECKA, M. and KENNEDY, C. 2021. Brexit, acculturative stress and mental health among EU citizens in Scotland. Population, space and place [online], Early View. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1002/psp.2436
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Acceptance Date||Jan 4, 2021|
|Online Publication Date||Jan 20, 2021|
|Deposit Date||Jan 14, 2021|
|Publicly Available Date||Jan 21, 2023|
|Journal||Population, space and place|
|Publisher||Wiley Open Access|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|Keywords||Brexit; Acculturative stress; Stigma; Mental health; Scotland; Integration|
TEODOROWSKI 2021 Brexit acculturative (VOR)
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