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"Those young people all crankybella": Indigenous youth mental health and globalization

Chenhall, Richard and Senior, Kate (2009). "Those young people all crankybella": Indigenous youth mental health and globalization. International Journal of Mental Health,38(3):28-43.

Document type: Journal Article

IRMA ID 75039815xPUB2
Title "Those young people all crankybella": Indigenous youth mental health and globalization
Author Chenhall, Richard
Senior, Kate
Journal Name International Journal of Mental Health
Publication Date 2009
Volume Number 38
Issue Number 3
ISSN 1557-9328   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 28
End Page 43
Total Pages 16
Place of Publication US
Publisher ME Sharpe, Inc.
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract The subject of mental health has been discussed for some time in the literature on Australian Aboriginal peoples, although the volume of this work has been relatively small. This literature can be separated into two main approaches. The first has been concerned with documenting and analyzing disorders that are culturally specific to a particular group. The second, more recent body of literature understands mental health issues as resulting from a combination of factors related to the effects of colonization, such as loss of land, poverty, and the destruction of families. This literature is often aimed at diagnosis and the provision of appropriate services for Indigenous people without a comprehensive ethnographic understanding of the cultural specificities of certain mental health disorders. Although mental health problems are discussed, such as suicide, depression, and anxiety, little analysis is undertaken of how such states are locally experienced and understood. This paper reports the complexities involved in understanding mental health from the perspective of youth in a remote Aboriginal community in northern Australia. We argue that it is necessary to understand mental health within the broader context of the lives of Indigenous youth and, in particular, the interaction between their marginalization from participating in the opportunities that globalization offers with issues related to poverty, substance misuse, and specific cultural beliefs.
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