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Migration and mental health: a study of low-income Ethiopian women working in Middle Eastern countries.
St Paul's General Specialized Hospital, PO Box 31657, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
King's College London, Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK.
Department of Psychiatry, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
University of Toronto, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Canada.
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2009 (English)In: International Journal of Social Psychiatry, ISSN 0020-7640, E-ISSN 1741-2854, Vol. 55, no 6, 557-68 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Few studies have explored influences on mental health of migrants moving between non-Western countries.

Methods: Focus group discussions were used to explore the experiences of Ethiopian female domestic migrants to Middle Eastern countries, comparing those who developed severe mental illness with those remaining mentally well.

Discussion: Prominent self-identified threats to mental health included exploitative treatment, enforced cultural isolation, undermining of cultural identity and disappointment in not achieving expectations. Participants countered these risks by affirming their cultural identity and establishing socio-cultural supports.

Conclusions: Mental health of migrant domestic workers may be jeopardized by stressors, leading to experience of social defeat.

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Sage Publications, 2009. Vol. 55, no 6, 557-68 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-41141DOI: 10.1177/0020764008096704PubMedID: 19592428OAI: diva2:404797
Available from: 2011-03-18 Created: 2011-03-18 Last updated: 2012-01-26Bibliographically approved

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