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Mental health link to ethnic customs

16th April 2008

Researchers say that teenage girls from some minority communities who stick to their family customs have better mental health.

A team from the Queen Mary University of London questioned 1,000 white British and Bangladeshi 11 to 14-year-olds about their culture, social life and health. They found that Bangladeshi girls who chose traditional dress over Western clothes had fewer behavioural and emotional problems. Writing in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, they said pressure to integrate fully could be stressful.


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