Psychological Well-Being Among Immigrants and Refugees in St. Louis, Missouri

Abstract

The process of migration and integration into immigrants’ host communities has been noted to be a stressful, non-normative event from a psychosocial point of view. Given the magnitude of immigration to the U.S., it is increasingly important to understand the variables that impact immigrant psychological well-being, an essential aspect of successful integration. The data for this study were collected through interview surveys with immigrants from six different countries (n=330). The six different immigrant groups interviewed were Bosnians, Chinese, Latino/na, Indian, Korean, and Vietnamese. Hierarchical regression analysis was conducted for each immigrant group to identify variables that may have an effect on psychological well-being, including locus of control, socialization, social support, English competency, and demographic characteristics. The study found that different independent variables were associated with psychological well-being in each group, aligning with indications in current literature that immigrant groups experience different migration motivations, contexts, and resettlement coping strategies, based on cultural values and contextual factors.



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Elizabeth Salley, Saint Louis University, United States
Lisa Willoughby, Saint Louis University, United States
Jennifer Hale-Gallardo, Center of Innovation on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (CINDRR-Gainesville), United States
Hisako Matsuo, Saint Louis University, United States

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Conference: ACSS2022
Stream: Immigration

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