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Article: Differential impacts of stressful life events and social support on the mental health of mainland chinese immigrant and local youth in hong kong: A resilience perspective

TitleDifferential impacts of stressful life events and social support on the mental health of mainland chinese immigrant and local youth in hong kong: A resilience perspective
Authors
KeywordsChina
Immigrant Youth
Mental Health
Resilience
Social Support
Issue Date2008
PublisherOxford University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://bjsw.oxfordjournals.org/
Citation
British Journal Of Social Work, 2008, v. 38 n. 2, p. 236-252 How to Cite?
AbstractBased on a resilience perspective, this study attempted to explore the risk and protective factors influencing the mental health of immigrant and local youths in Hong Kong. A structured questionnaire which consisted of The Chinese Adolescents Life Events Checklist, The Perceived Satisfaction of Social Support Scale and The Brief Symptoms Inventory was used. Two hundred and ten local and immigrant youths between the age of 15 and 20 were individually interviewed by the trained interviewers. Contrary to our hypotheses, the findings revealed that immigrant youth had better mental health and similar levels of stress than local youth. Moreover, peer support was found to exert a strong impact on the mental health of immigrant youth. While 'Interpersonal relationship difficulties' was identified as a common risk factor faced by local and immigrant youths, immigrant youth faced additional risk factors in relation to a change to a new school and parental conflicts. On the other hand, endurance of hardship, social competence and peer support were considered as the protective factors that might be associated with better mental health in immigrant youth. The implications of this study included: to adopt a resilience perspective to understand the protective mechanisms that enhance the mental health of immigrant youth; to develop a national strategy to build up the interpersonal relationship skills of youth in a society; and to organize specific programmes to strengthen the peer system and tackle parental conflicts in immigrant youths.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/172192
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.027
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.771
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dc.date.available2012-10-30T06:20:36Z-
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.identifier.citationBritish Journal Of Social Work, 2008, v. 38 n. 2, p. 236-252en_US
dc.identifier.issn0045-3102en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/172192-
dc.description.abstractBased on a resilience perspective, this study attempted to explore the risk and protective factors influencing the mental health of immigrant and local youths in Hong Kong. A structured questionnaire which consisted of The Chinese Adolescents Life Events Checklist, The Perceived Satisfaction of Social Support Scale and The Brief Symptoms Inventory was used. Two hundred and ten local and immigrant youths between the age of 15 and 20 were individually interviewed by the trained interviewers. Contrary to our hypotheses, the findings revealed that immigrant youth had better mental health and similar levels of stress than local youth. Moreover, peer support was found to exert a strong impact on the mental health of immigrant youth. While 'Interpersonal relationship difficulties' was identified as a common risk factor faced by local and immigrant youths, immigrant youth faced additional risk factors in relation to a change to a new school and parental conflicts. On the other hand, endurance of hardship, social competence and peer support were considered as the protective factors that might be associated with better mental health in immigrant youth. The implications of this study included: to adopt a resilience perspective to understand the protective mechanisms that enhance the mental health of immigrant youth; to develop a national strategy to build up the interpersonal relationship skills of youth in a society; and to organize specific programmes to strengthen the peer system and tackle parental conflicts in immigrant youths.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherOxford University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://bjsw.oxfordjournals.org/en_US
dc.relation.ispartofBritish Journal of Social Worken_US
dc.subjectChinaen_US
dc.subjectImmigrant Youthen_US
dc.subjectMental Healthen_US
dc.subjectResilienceen_US
dc.subjectSocial Supporten_US
dc.titleDifferential impacts of stressful life events and social support on the mental health of mainland chinese immigrant and local youth in hong kong: A resilience perspectiveen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1093/bjsw/bcl344en_US
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