Ethnic Minorities Living in White Majority Areas are at Higher Risk of Psychosis

The risk of psychosis for Pakistanis in the UK increases as ethnic density decreases.


A new article published in the British Journal of Psychiatry finds that in the UK, first-episode psychosis (FEP) is more common in Pakistanis who live in white-majority areas. The current work, led by Robert Qi of the University of Liverpool, also finds that as the ethnic density of Pakistanis increases, the risk of FEP decreases. This indicates that living among people with a shared cultural and ethnic identity may be a protective factor against psychosis for ethnic minorities.

The authors write:

“A clear effect of ethnic density on rates of FEP was shown, with those in low-density areas having higher incidence rates compared to the White majority, whereas incidence rates in high-density areas did not significantly differ. Within the Pakistani group, a dose-response effect was also observed, with the risk of FEP increasing incrementally as ethnic density decreased.”

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Richard Sears
Richard Sears teaches psychology at West Georgia Technical College and is studying to receive a PhD in consciousness and society from the University of West Georgia. He has previously worked in crisis stabilization units as an intake assessor and crisis line operator. His current research interests include the delineation between institutions and the individuals that make them up, dehumanization and its relationship to exaltation, and natural substitutes for potentially harmful psychopharmacological interventions.