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The Association between Social Resources and Depressive Symptoms among Chinese Migrants and Non-Migrants Living in Guangzhou, China
Hoi,Chan Kit1; Chen,Wen2,3; Zhou,Fangjing2,3; Sou,Kalon1; Hall,Brian J.1,4
2019-06-19
Source PublicationJournal of Pacific Rim Psychology
ISSN18344909
Volume9Issue:2Pages:120-129
Abstract

Background: Depression is a commonly studied mental disorder affecting Chinese internal (i.e., rural-to-urban) migrants. Social resources effectively reduce depression for many communities experiencing adversities. This study evaluated social-level risk factors for depression between internal migrant and non-migrant Chinese living in mainland China. Method: We conducted a random population-level survey among migrants and local residents living in Guangzhou, China. Data were collected using face-to-face interviews. We used items from the Social Support Rating Scale to measure social resource dimensions, including social network size, emotional support, structural social capital, and one (self-developed) item that measured belonging (an element of social cohesion). The Patient Health Questionnaire-9 measured depression. Correlation and regression analyses of the partial sample (n = 678) were conducted to estimate the association between social resources and depression for migrants (n = 383) and non-migrants (n = 295). Results: Stratified regression analysis demonstrated that for migrants, greater belonging was associated with less depression, while age and larger friendship social network size was related to less depression among non-migrants. Conclusion: Differences emerged in our sample with regard to the types of social resources that are protective against depression between migrants and non-migrants. Interventions that provide opportunities for migrants to better integrate and feel welcomed into their new communities may reduce their depression symptoms.

KeywordChina Depression Mental Health Migration Social Resources
DOI10.1017/prp.2015.12
URLView the original
Indexed BySSCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaPsychology
WOS SubjectPsychology, Multidisciplinary
WOS IDWOS:000365804700008
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionDEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY
Corresponding AuthorHall,Brian J.
Affiliation1.Global and Community Mental Health Research GroupDepartment of PsychologyUniversity of Macau,Taipa-Macau-SAR,Macao
2.Faculty of Medical Statistics and EpidemiologySchool of Public HealthSun Yat-sen University,Guangzhou,China
3.Sun Yat-sen Center for Migrant Health Policy,Guangzhou,China
4.Department of Health Behavior and Society and Department of EpidemiologyJohns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health,Baltimore,United States
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
Corresponding Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Hoi,Chan Kit,Chen,Wen,Zhou,Fangjing,et al. The Association between Social Resources and Depressive Symptoms among Chinese Migrants and Non-Migrants Living in Guangzhou, China[J]. Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology,2019,9(2):120-129.
APA Hoi,Chan Kit,Chen,Wen,Zhou,Fangjing,Sou,Kalon,&Hall,Brian J..(2019).The Association between Social Resources and Depressive Symptoms among Chinese Migrants and Non-Migrants Living in Guangzhou, China.Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology,9(2),120-129.
MLA Hoi,Chan Kit,et al."The Association between Social Resources and Depressive Symptoms among Chinese Migrants and Non-Migrants Living in Guangzhou, China".Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology 9.2(2019):120-129.
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