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Mental health of migrant workers in China: prevalence and correlates.
Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2008 Jun; 43(6):483-9.SP

Abstract

BACKGROUND

This study aimed to examine the prevalence and the socio-demographic correlates of mental health of migrant workers in Shanghai China.

METHODS

A total of 475 migrant workers from four major districts in Shanghai were recruited through a survey design with a multistage cluster [corrected] sampling. Male and female migrant workers were identified as mentally healthy or unhealthy using the brief symptom inventory. Socio-demographic characteristics and migration stress were explored as correlates of the mental health of the migrant workers.

RESULTS

A total of 73 migrant workers could be classified as mentally unhealthy (25% for men and 6% for women). Male migrant workers who were married (OR 6.16, 95% CI 1.83-20.70), manual laborers (OR 1.56, 95% CI 0.97-2.51), and experienced more stress in "financial and employment-related difficulties" (OR 2.75, 95% CI 1.47-5.14) and "interpersonal tensions and conflicts" (OR 4.18, 95% CI 1.55-11.25) were more likely to be mentally unhealthy, whereas the female migrant workers who experienced more stress in "interpersonal tensions and conflicts" (OR 6.52, 95% CI 0.83-51.14) were more likely to have poor mental health.

CONCLUSION

The findings provide information for the prevention of mental illness among migrant workers in China. The implications and limitations are also discussed.

Authors+Show Affiliations

School of Nursing and Social Work, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne, Level 5, 234 Queensberry Street, Carlton, Melbourne (VIC) 3053, Australia. fwong@unimelb.edu.auNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18398559

Citation

Wong, Daniel Fu Keung, et al. "Mental Health of Migrant Workers in China: Prevalence and Correlates." Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, vol. 43, no. 6, 2008, pp. 483-9.
Wong DF, He X, Leung G, et al. Mental health of migrant workers in China: prevalence and correlates. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2008;43(6):483-9.
Wong, D. F., He, X., Leung, G., Lau, Y., & Chang, Y. (2008). Mental health of migrant workers in China: prevalence and correlates. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 43(6), 483-9. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00127-008-0341-1
Wong DF, et al. Mental Health of Migrant Workers in China: Prevalence and Correlates. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2008;43(6):483-9. PubMed PMID: 18398559.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Mental health of migrant workers in China: prevalence and correlates. AU - Wong,Daniel Fu Keung, AU - He,Xuesong, AU - Leung,Grace, AU - Lau,Ying, AU - Chang,Yingli, Y1 - 2008/04/08/ PY - 2008/03/06/accepted PY - 2008/4/10/pubmed PY - 2008/8/30/medline PY - 2008/4/10/entrez SP - 483 EP - 9 JF - Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology JO - Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol VL - 43 IS - 6 N2 - BACKGROUND: This study aimed to examine the prevalence and the socio-demographic correlates of mental health of migrant workers in Shanghai China. METHODS: A total of 475 migrant workers from four major districts in Shanghai were recruited through a survey design with a multistage cluster [corrected] sampling. Male and female migrant workers were identified as mentally healthy or unhealthy using the brief symptom inventory. Socio-demographic characteristics and migration stress were explored as correlates of the mental health of the migrant workers. RESULTS: A total of 73 migrant workers could be classified as mentally unhealthy (25% for men and 6% for women). Male migrant workers who were married (OR 6.16, 95% CI 1.83-20.70), manual laborers (OR 1.56, 95% CI 0.97-2.51), and experienced more stress in "financial and employment-related difficulties" (OR 2.75, 95% CI 1.47-5.14) and "interpersonal tensions and conflicts" (OR 4.18, 95% CI 1.55-11.25) were more likely to be mentally unhealthy, whereas the female migrant workers who experienced more stress in "interpersonal tensions and conflicts" (OR 6.52, 95% CI 0.83-51.14) were more likely to have poor mental health. CONCLUSION: The findings provide information for the prevention of mental illness among migrant workers in China. The implications and limitations are also discussed. SN - 0933-7954 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18398559/Mental_health_of_migrant_workers_in_China:_prevalence_and_correlates_ L2 - https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00127-008-0341-1 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -