Emic Approach to Capturing Differing Views of Mental Health in Malaysia

Abstract : This study uses a qualitative, emic approach to assess differing concepts of mental health in Malaysia. Respondents were asked to list five characteristics of psychological well-being in the Malay language. The responses were analyzed by self-identified religion (Islamic, Christian, Buddhist) and ethnicity (Malay, Chinese, Tribal). Among all respondents, the most often noted concepts of mental health were: rational thinking, interpersonal skills, controlling emotions , positive thinking , being open-minded, and being able to solve problems (in that order of frequency). The interpersonal skills concept was the most frequently identified by Chinese Buddhists/Christians and Tribal Christians, while controlling emotion was the most frequently identified by Malay and Tribal Islamics. Yet, when Malays' responses were analyzed only by ethnicity, the highest frequency was interpersonal skills.
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Beverly Palmer. Emic Approach to Capturing Differing Views of Mental Health in Malaysia. Narrative Matters 2014: Narrative Knowing/ Recit et Savoir, Jun 2014, Paris, France. ⟨hal-01068106⟩



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