AccScience Publishing / IJPS / Volume 3 / Issue 1 / DOI: 10.18063/IJPS.2017.01.002

Immigration-related stressors and  mental health problems: exploring  the role of religious involvement  among Asian-American immigrants

Sizhe Liu1* Wei Zhang2
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1 Department of Sociology, College of Social Sciences, University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa, 2424 Maile Way, Saunders Hall 220, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, USA
2 Department of Sociology, College of Social Sciences, University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa, 2424 Maile Way, Saunders Hall 239, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, USA
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Focusing on Asian-American immigrants in the National Latino and AsianAmerican Study, this work examines (1) whether immigration-related stressors areassociated with 12-month depressive disorder and suicidal ideation, and (2) howindividual religious involvement moderates the associations. Findings from regressionanalyses reveal that limited English proficiency increases the risk of both 12-monthdepressive disorder and suicidal ideation. No significant differences in 12-monthdepressive disorder and suicidal ideation are found by age at immigration. Mostimportantly, religious coping—frequently seeking comfort from religion—buffers thenegative effects of limited English proficiency on suicidal ideation. Our findingssuggest the importance of individual religious involvement in helping Asian-Americanimmigrants cope with stress associated with immigration. Mental health professionalsmay need to integrate religious coping mechanisms into the clinical setting to offer more effective treatments that are sensitive to individuals’ religious and spiritual needs.

immigration-related stressors
religious involvement
suicidal ideation
depressive disorder
Asian American immigrants

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