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Online Mental Health Platform for Moroccan-Dutch in the Netherlands
Madelien Hermina van de Beek, M.D.; Lian van der Krieke, M.Sc.; Robert Anton Schoevers, M.D., Ph.D.
Psychiatric Services 2013; doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.6401102
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The authors are with the Department of Psychiatry, University of Groningen, and the University Medical Center Groningen, Hanzeplein 1, Entrance 24, Room kn1.14a, P.O. Box 30.001, 9700 RB Groningen, the Netherlands (e-mail: m.vandebeek@dimence.nl).

Copyright © 2013 by the American Psychiatric Association

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Migrants in various countries and cultures are at increased risk of developing psychopathology, tend to be underrepresented in mental health care, and drop out of care more frequently than the general population. This pattern applies to persons of Moroccan descent in the Netherlands, who constitute one of the largest migrant populations in the country. The underrepresentation of this population in mental health care is partly explained by cultural differences. There is a stronger taboo on showing and sharing psychiatric symptoms, and the disease narrative tends to differ from the native population. Apart from the standard medical disease model, mental problems are interpreted to result from evil influences or bewitchment (suffering from Djinns)—an unfamiliar domain for non-Moroccan mental health professionals. As a result, migrants experiencing mental health problems and their friends and family have difficulties integrating these different disease perspectives with the accompanying treatment approaches.

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