Ethnic density and risk of mental ill health – The case of religious sectarianism in Northern Ireland: A population data linkage study

Tania J. Bosqui , Aideen Maguire , Anne Kouvonen , David Wright , Michael Donnelly , Dermot O’Reilly


An ethnic group that lives in a neighbourhood in which it is in the minority, termed 'lower ethnic density,' tends to report a higher incidence of mental ill-health. This population-based study investigated for the first time the existence of an own-group density effect among Catholic and Protestant communities in Northern Ireland. The entire Northern Ireland born Catholic and Protestant working age (n = 1, 004,060) enumerated population in the 2011 Census of Northern Ireland were included in the study via administrative data-linkage methodology. Catholics had a greater likelihood of reporting mental ill health in neighbourhoods with the largest proportion of Catholics (OR = 1.25, 95%CI 1.07-1.47), whereas mental health among Protestants was not associated with neighbourhood proportion of Protestants, after adjusting for socio-economic status and neighbourhood deprivation. The results indicate that a complex relationship exists between group identity, population composition of ethnic and religious groups and prevalence of community mental health.
Author Tania J. Bosqui
Tania J. Bosqui,,
, Aideen Maguire
Aideen Maguire,,
, Anne Kouvonen (Filia we Wrocławiu / II Wydział Psychologii we Wrocławiu)
Anne Kouvonen,,
- II Wydział Psychologii we Wrocławiu
, David Wright
David Wright,,
, Michael Donnelly
Michael Donnelly,,
, Dermot O’Reilly
Dermot O’Reilly,,
Journal seriesHealth & Place, ISSN 1353-8292, (A 40 pkt)
Issue year2017
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in EnglishEthnicity; Mental health; Neighbourhood; Northern Ireland; Religion
ASJC Classification2739 Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health; 3305 Geography, Planning and Development; 3306 Health(social science)
Languageen angielski
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Score (nominal)40
Score sourcejournalList
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2016 = 1.273; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 3.0 (2) - 2017=3.736 (5)
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