NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ916177
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-0090-4392
Internal Migration and Depressive Symptoms among Migrant Factory Workers in Shenzhen, China
Mou, Jin; Cheng, Jinquan; Griffiths, Sian M.; Wong, Samuel Y. S.; Hillier, Sheila; Zhang, Dan
Journal of Community Psychology, v39 n2 p212-230 Mar 2011
There has been a dramatic increase in rural-urban migration in China over the last two decades but there are few studies on the mental health of Chinese internal migrants. This study assesses the prevalence of depressive symptoms (DS) and their associated factors among migrant factory workers in Shenzhen, China. A questionnaire survey was sent to 4,280 migrant workers in 2009 with a response rate of 95.5%. Clinically relevant DS were identified using the Chinese version of the Centre for Epidemiologic Studies Depressive Scale. There is a high prevalence (21.4%) of clinically relevant DS among internal migrant factory workers. Higher scores were associated with being a minority, shorter intension of stay, working long hours, being a casual smoker or a frequent Internet user, and having better education. Stakeholders should be aware of the needs of these subgroups, particularly in the light of recent publicity about factory worker suicides in Shenzhen. (Contains 4 figures and 4 tables.)
John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Subscription Department, 111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774. Tel: 800-825-7550; Tel: 201-748-6645; Fax: 201-748-6021; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale