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Type: Journal article
Title: Mental health in immigrant men and women in Australia: the North West Adelaide health study
Author: Straiton, M.
Grant, J.
Winefield, H.
Taylor, A.
Citation: BMC Public Health, 2014; 14(1):1111-1-1111-15
Publisher: BioMed Central
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 1471-2458
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Melanie Straiton, Janet F Grant, Helen R Winefield and Anne Taylor
Abstract: BACKGROUND: There is conflicting evidence of the healthy migrant effect with respect to mental health. This study aims to determine if there are differences in mental health and service use between Australian-born and foreign-born individuals living in South Australia and to consider the differing role of socio-demographic characteristics for Australian-born and foreign-born men and women. METHODS: Data from the North West Adelaide Health study was used to compare foreign-born men and women from English and non-English speaking backgrounds with Australian born men and women on four measures of mental health and service use. A series of logistic regression analyses were conducted. RESULTS: There were no differences between Australian-born and foreign-born individuals from English-speaking backgrounds on any measures. Men from non-English speaking backgrounds had higher odds of depression. Employment and general health were important protectors of mental health for both Australian and foreign-born individuals, while being married was protective for foreign-born men only. Income was generally inversely related to mental health among Australians but the relationship was weaker and less consistent for those born abroad. CONCLUSIONS: Men from non-English speaking backgrounds men may be at increased risk of mental health problems but do not have higher levels of treatment. Help-seeking may need to be encouraged among this group, particularly among unmarried, unemployed men from non-English speaking backgrounds.
Keywords: Immigrant health; mental health; health inequalities; health service use
Rights: © 2014 Straiton et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly credited. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated
DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-1111
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