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ERIC Number: EJ964769
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 90
ISSN: ISSN-0303-8300
Correlates of Quality of Life in New Migrants to Hong Kong from Mainland China
Wong, Winky K. F.; Chou, Kee-Lee; Chow, Nelson W. S.
Social Indicators Research, v107 n2 p373-391 Jun 2012
The concept of Quality of life (QOL) has received considerable attention from different disciplines. The aim of this study was to identify what are the correlates of QOL among Chinese new immigrants in Hong Kong. Data were collected through a cross-sectional survey among 449 Hong Kong new immigrants from Mainland China. Bivariate and multiple regression analyses were performed to examine the association between immigrants' QOL and their demographic characteristics, socio-economic factors, optimism, sense of control, perceived social support, perceived neighborhood disorder, collective efficacy, pre-migration planning, depressive symptoms and acculturation stress. Our findings demonstrated that depressive symptom is the most prominent factor in reducing immigrants' level of QOL, perceived social support and optimism are the two important factors that enhance the QOL of these depressed immigrants. Our results indicate that preventive measures must be developed, and professional counseling and psychological support services must be provided to new immigrants in Hong Kong, especially those who have depressive symptoms. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China; Hong Kong