Factors associated with depression among male casual laborers in urban Vietnam

Huy, Nguyen Van, Dunne, Michael P., & Debattista, Joseph (2015) Factors associated with depression among male casual laborers in urban Vietnam. Community Mental Health Journal, 51(5), pp. 575-584.

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Abstract

This study examined the level, the prevalence of and the factors associated with depression among male casual laborers in Hanoi. Social mapping was done to recruit and interview 450 men aged over 18 years, mostly unskilled and unregistered laborers from 135 street venues across 13 districts of the city using a structured questionnaire.

Most were from rural and mountainous provinces and did manual works such as motorbike taxi drivers, porters, construction workers, small traders and others in the current city. The prevalence of self-reported depressive symptoms (25 %) was high. Structural equation modeling showed that marriage, family separation and living with peers or partners were three significant distal risk factors, while illicit drug use and low social connectedness were proximal predictors of depression. Of all factors, social connectedness appeared to be the most important because it plays a mediating role. Drug use was an independent risk factor. This study provides a model to understand the mental health of male casual laborers and to develop culturally appropriate intervention programs for these men

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ID Code: 89158
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Depression, Mental health, Male casual laborers, Structural equation modeling (SEM), Vietnam
DOI: 10.1007/s10597-015-9835-y
ISSN: 0010-3853
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Epidemiology (111706)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Mental Health (111714)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Deposited On: 16 Oct 2015 01:12
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2015 00:59

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