IMMIGRATION AND MENTAL HEALTH
As most of you could probably guess, emigrating from another country is a tremendous process and sometimes, it is one undertaken spontaneously. A sudden, jarring shift of work, culture, and language, though it may seem exciting at first, eventually turns problematic. In a very short period of time, an immigrant may be expected to acclimate to his/her surroundings with little preparation, save for what he/she might see through the mainstream media.
The research compiled here talks about several major interactions between the mental health world and the sociological factors of immigration. Information about the ordeal of immigration (including the various ways or situations in which one may migrate), which types of diseases are most prevalent amongst migrants of all ages, and how mental health is distributed amongst different types of families as well as family members, can all be found here.
American Journal of Public Health
The rate at which second-generation Asian Americans sought mental health help was just about the same as help sought out by their parents. In this study of 2095 people from various Asian countries, it was concluded that people of Asian ancestry are less likely to seek mental health help and those who did tended to be less satisfied with the help received.
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Through use of focus groups, this research paper discusses how South Asian immigrant women view the status of their mental health, stressful situations encountered during the immigration process, and how they dealt with those issues.
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