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Predictors of Psychological Distress in South African Immigrants to Australia

Khawaja, Nigar G. & Mason, Lesleyanne (2008) Predictors of Psychological Distress in South African Immigrants to Australia. South African Journal of Psychology, 38(1), pp. 225-246.

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Abstract

The present study investigated the psychological distress experienced by a group of South African immigrants to Australia. Factors predicting distress and the way it was manifested were examined. South African immigrants, who had left South Africa less than 5 years ago, were asked to complete a battery of questionnaires. Results indicated that in general, these South African immigrants manifested low levels of distress. Psychological distress was not affected by gender or employment status. However, it differed significantly on the basis of their duration of stay in Australia with the distress reducing as the length of stay increased. Furthermore, factors such as grief as a result of immigration, low levels of self esteem and finally the experience of crime in South Africa, contributed to the psychological distress experienced by these South African immigrants.

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ID Code: 13511
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: South African immigrants, psychosocial factors and psychological distress
ISSN: 0081-2463
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Psychological Society of South Africa
Deposited On: 07 May 2008
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:46

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