A comparative and exploratory analysis of socio-cultural factors and immigrant women's mental health within a Canadian context

Shahid Alvi, Arshia Zaidi, Nawal Ammar, Lisa Culbert

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore the influence of macro-level factors on immigrant and nonimmigrant women's mental health status in a Canadian context. This study was part of a larger study examining women's quality of life in south eastern Ontario. Using survey research methods, data were collected through faceto- face interviews with 91 women of whom 66 identified their country of origin as "other'' than Canada. Descriptive, bivariate and regression analysis of this data revealed that immigrant and non-immigrant women's macro-level predictors of mental health status vary. Overall, for immigrant women's perceptions of neighbourhood social cohesion was a stronger predictor influencing mental health status, while for non-immigrant women social support was more influential. Research with larger, representative samples should explore the findings to ascertain generalizability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)420-432
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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