Published: 8th Nov 2019

White British young people living in more ethnically diverse deprived communities have better mental health than those living in exclusively white deprived neighbourhoods, according to a study. The University College London (UCL) paper, published yesterday (November 7) in Social Science and Medicine investigated the relationship between ethnic density (proportion of one’s own ethnic group in a neighbourhood), ethnic diversity and adolescent mental health of over 4,000 young people aged between ten and 15 years of age in England. The researchers found that mental health in the White British ethnic majority group is worse when they live in deprived ‘ethnically uniform’ neighbourhoods. Mental health outcomes were measured by a total difficulties score (0-40) capturing four areas of potential difficulty (emotional symptoms, conduct problems, hyperactivity-in-attention, and peer relationship problems) and one area of strength (prosocial behaviour). Factors that have been associated with mental health such as parents’ country of birth, parental education, family income … (To read the full article, subscribe below)