The Low Rate of Mental Hospitalization Shown by Immigrants to Canada

  • H. B. M. Murphy


In the previous chapter it was stated that, whereas immigrants to the United States have repeatedly been found to possess higher rates of admission to mental hospitals than the local-born population, immigrants to Canada apparently have lower rates than the local-born. If this difference, which was based on preliminary and as then unconfirmed Canadian data, was correct, or if the ratio of immigrant to native-born rates of mental hospitalization was dropping below par in other countries besides Canada, then much of the theorizing which had previously taken place respecting the apparently excess vulnerability of the immigrants to mental disorder must be put in doubt. For this reason it is proposed to examine the latest Canadian findings in some detail in this chapter, in the hope of deciding whether increased vulnerability, either to mental disorder as a whole or to schizophrenia in particular, is a true accompaniment of migration.


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