Thursday, May 08, 2008

Traditional dress and mental health

A study of White British and Bangladeshi schoolgirls aged between 11 and 14 has found that Bangladeshi girls who wear traditional clothing have a lower risk of developing mental health problems. The researchers speculated that a traditional upbringing might include greater religious adherence and less exposure to unfamiliar, culturally-challenging life events.

Bhui, K. ... [et al] - Cultural identity, clothing and common mental disorder: a prospective school-based study of White British and Bangladeshi adolescents Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 62, 435-441

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