Spring 2008 - Volume 15 / Issue 1
©2008 J. Brice
Jeremy Brice, Durham University
While past research has explored the health of Bangladeshis in Tower Hamlets in depth, smaller communities such as that in Bristol have been neglected. I used the human ecology and population health models as a basis for investigating the roles of physical and social environments in shaping the health of Bangladeshis in Bristol. Analysis of twenty structured interviews using Fisher and Mann-Whitney tests revealed correlations of unemployment, financial problems and poor housing to poor psychosocial well-being and an increased risk of long-term illness. Prevalence of unemployment and financial problems appears lower in young Bangladeshis raised in Britain, perhaps due to wider fluency in English, possession of British educational qualifications and employment in non-manual professions leading to higher incomes. This research therefore concludes that a divide in socio-economic status, psychosocial stress and therefore health outcomes exists between adult migrants and the second generation.
British Bangladeshis, health, Bristol, migrants