Globalization and mental health status in Taiwan

Ming Jen Yang*

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to discuss the definition of globalization, and how it affects mental health status in Taiwan. First of all, globalization is an important contemporary political and economic issue. Several social factors happening in the current Taiwanese society, including increasing unemployment rate, aging population, decreasing birth rate, frequent population flows, and social inequality, have impacted on the demographic structure and composition of the country. Afterwards, the impact of globalization on mental health status in Taiwan related to current changes in its demographic structure and population composition will be discussed. Hence, some mental health problems happening in Taiwan are associated with the care of the elderly, immigration of foreign workers and foreign brides, and high unemployment rate. The prevalence of depression and high suicide mortality reflect mental health problem of the society undergoing process of globalization; the impact of the process of internationalization on the mental health of local communities deserves more attention than ever. The issue of social capital is playing an important role, which the higher the social capital in a community, the better the mental health in the community. Eventually, establishing a regular monitoring program for dangerous communities and high-risk groups, and implementing proactive interventions for depression, suicide, and violent crimes, should be highly encouraged in the society.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-211
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Medical Journal
Volume11
Issue number3
StatePublished - 09 2004
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Elderly
  • Foreign bride
  • Foreign worker
  • Globalization
  • Mental health
  • Neighborhood quality
  • Privatization
  • Social capital
  • Unemployment

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