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The buffering effect of social capital on perceived discrimination on depression and anxiety symptoms among female domestic workers in Macao, China
Hall, BJ; Pangan, CAC; Chan, EWW; Huang, RL
2019-01
Source PublicationPSYCHIATRY RESEARCH
ISSN0165-1781
Volume271Pages:200-207
Abstract

Foreign migrant domestic workers experience an increased burden of mental disorders. Discrimination contributes to this burden. Social resources may buffer migrants from the effects of this discrimination. The present study explored the relationship between discrimination and common mental disorder (CMD) symptoms, anxiety and depression, and examined whether social capital (cognitive and structural) modified this association. A total of 131 femalemigrant Filipina domestic workers in Macao, China (M-age = 39.7) were sampled using snowball methods. Self-report data were obtained using tablet devices. Correlation analyses demonstrated that discrimination was significantly associated with depression (r(s) = 0.43) and anxiety (r(s) = 0.42). Mulitvariable regressions showed that cognitive, but not structural, social capital was significantly negatively associated with depression (beta = -0.30) and anxiety (beta = -0.32). Cognitive social capital modified the association between discrimination and depression (beta = 0.39) and anxiety (beta = 0.53). Contrary to predictions, as discrimination increased, compared to those with no cognitive social capital, those with moderate or high levels of cognitive social capital experienced worsening CMD symptoms. This finding provides greater nuance to our understanding of how and under what circumstances social resources are protective for mental health for migrant workers.

KeywordSocial Capital Migrant Workers Female Domestic Workers Depression Discrimination
DOI10.1016/j.psychres.2018.11.050
Indexed BySSCI ; SSCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaPsychiatry
WOS SubjectPsychiatry
WOS IDWOS:000460709900032
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Social Sciences
AffiliationUniv Macau, Global & Community Mental Hlth Res Grp, Fac Social Sci, E21-3040,Ave Univ, Taipe, Macau, Peoples R China
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Hall, BJ,Pangan, CAC,Chan, EWW,et al. The buffering effect of social capital on perceived discrimination on depression and anxiety symptoms among female domestic workers in Macao, China[J]. PSYCHIATRY RESEARCH,2019,271:200-207.
APA Hall, BJ,Pangan, CAC,Chan, EWW,&Huang, RL.(2019).The buffering effect of social capital on perceived discrimination on depression and anxiety symptoms among female domestic workers in Macao, China.PSYCHIATRY RESEARCH,271,200-207.
MLA Hall, BJ,et al."The buffering effect of social capital on perceived discrimination on depression and anxiety symptoms among female domestic workers in Macao, China".PSYCHIATRY RESEARCH 271(2019):200-207.
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