Diana van Bergen(1) and Sawitri Saharso(2)
1. The Netherlands Institute for Social Research, The Hague;
2. VU University Amsterdam and University Twente,The Netherlands
Immigration and Mental Health: Stress, Psychiatric Disorders and Suicidal Behavior Among Immigrants and Refugees. Hauppauge, New York: Nova Science Publishers, 2010, 350 pages.
Ethnicity plays a major role in the rates and risk factors of suicidal behavior. While ethnocultural factors increasingly receive attention of suicidologists, the relevance of the intersections of ethnicity and gender are yet to be recognized. In this chapter, we review findings on the role that gender has for suicidal behavior of immigrants. We focus in particular on suicidal behavior of immigrant women and discuss gender specific risk factors. In addition, we summarize the indicators that exist cross culturally for the relevance of Durkheim’s fatalistic suicide to understanding women’s suicidal behavior.