Language, belonging and psychosis

Lead Research Organisation: Bangor University
Department Name: Sch of Psychology


Being a speaker or non-speaker of Welsh is an important signifier of cultural identity in Wales. However rates of speaking Welsh vary widely throughout Wales - In some areas Welsh speakers are in the majority, while in others they represent a minority. Meanwhile on a UK-wide level, Welsh speakers are unambiguously a minority group. The incidence of psychosis is elevated amongst minority groups (e.g. Kirkbride et al., 2006). This association is especially strong in areas that are relatively dominated by the majority group (Boydell et al., 2001; Velling et al., 2009). This has been proposed to reflect a reduced sense of belonging to their area (Bentall, 2009). The linguistic mix in Wales thus presents the opportunity for a natural experiment where the association between language and minority status varies geographically. This project aims to explore whether admission rates for psychosis vary as a function of the match between patient language and that of their local community, and elucidate the mechanisms underpinning this with both quantitative and qualitative methods


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
ES/P00069X/1 01/10/2017 30/09/2027
1950183 Studentship ES/P00069X/1 01/10/2017 31/12/2021 Sophie Jane Baker