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Article: The functions of social support in the mental health of male and female migrant workers in China

TitleThe functions of social support in the mental health of male and female migrant workers in China
Authors
KeywordsChina
Mental health
Migrant stress
Migrant workers
Social support
Issue Date2008
PublisherN A S W Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://nasw.publisher.ingentaconnect.com/content/nasw/hswl
Citation
Health And Social Work, 2008, v. 33 n. 4, p. 275-285 How to Cite?
AbstractThe study reported herein adopted a stress and coping framework to examine the functions of social support in protecting the mental health of migrant workers who experience migration stress during settlement in Shanghai, China. A total of 475 migrant workers from four major districts in Shanghai were recruited for a survey through multistage cluster sampling. The results suggest that migration stress, particularly financial and employment difficulties, difficulties in interpersonal relationships, and social companionship support contributed substantially to the mental health of both male and female migrant workers. Although instrumental support significantly influenced the mental health of male migrants, esteem support significantly influenced the mental health of female migrants. In addition, although social support did not exert any mediating effect on the mental health of both male and female migrant workers, social companionship support appeared to moderate the migration stress and mental health of female migrant workers. Sociocultural factors are put forth as explanations for these findings. The implications of this study include the provision of workshops and counseling and the strengthening of informal support networks for migrant workers. © 2008 National Association of Social Workers.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/59806
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.523
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.505
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dc.contributor.authorLeung, Gen_HK
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dc.description.abstractThe study reported herein adopted a stress and coping framework to examine the functions of social support in protecting the mental health of migrant workers who experience migration stress during settlement in Shanghai, China. A total of 475 migrant workers from four major districts in Shanghai were recruited for a survey through multistage cluster sampling. The results suggest that migration stress, particularly financial and employment difficulties, difficulties in interpersonal relationships, and social companionship support contributed substantially to the mental health of both male and female migrant workers. Although instrumental support significantly influenced the mental health of male migrants, esteem support significantly influenced the mental health of female migrants. In addition, although social support did not exert any mediating effect on the mental health of both male and female migrant workers, social companionship support appeared to moderate the migration stress and mental health of female migrant workers. Sociocultural factors are put forth as explanations for these findings. The implications of this study include the provision of workshops and counseling and the strengthening of informal support networks for migrant workers. © 2008 National Association of Social Workers.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherN A S W Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://nasw.publisher.ingentaconnect.com/content/nasw/hswlen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofHealth and Social Worken_HK
dc.subjectChinaen_HK
dc.subjectMental healthen_HK
dc.subjectMigrant stressen_HK
dc.subjectMigrant workersen_HK
dc.subjectSocial supporten_HK
dc.subject.meshChina-
dc.subject.meshMental Disorders - etiology - psychology-
dc.subject.meshMental Health-
dc.subject.meshSocial Support-
dc.subject.meshTransients and Migrants - psychology-
dc.titleThe functions of social support in the mental health of male and female migrant workers in Chinaen_HK
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