The mental health status of Filipinas in Queensland

Thompson, Samatha, Hartel, Gunter, Manderson, Lenore, Woelz-Stirling, Nicole and Kelaher, Margaret (2002) The mental health status of Filipinas in Queensland. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 36 5: 674-680. doi:10.1046/j.1440-1614.2002.01070.x

Author Thompson, Samatha
Hartel, Gunter
Manderson, Lenore
Woelz-Stirling, Nicole
Kelaher, Margaret
Title The mental health status of Filipinas in Queensland
Journal name Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-8674
Publication date 2002-10-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1046/j.1440-1614.2002.01070.x
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 36
Issue 5
Start page 674
End page 680
Total pages 7
Editor S. Bloch
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Blackwell Publishing Asia
Language eng
Subject C1
321204 Mental Health
730399 Health and support services not elsewhere classified
Formatted abstract
Objective: To determine the prevalence and investigate potential predictors of psychological distress in Filipino women living in Queensland, Australia.

The sample of n = 487 women (88% response rate) was drawn from Filipino organization membership lists and supplemented by snowball sampling. Participants were interviewed in their homes or at a community event in 1996/1997. Follow-up in 1997/1998 involved n = 346 women (71% response rate) who were interviewed either in their homes or by telephone. The two surveys included measurement of demographic, immigration, physical health, satisfaction with life in Australia and life event variables. The GHQ-28 was included in the follow-up survey as a measure of psychological distress.

The proportion of women having an above threshold score (using the cut-off of 4/5) on the GHQ-28 was 23%. Women who were single, dissatisfied with life in Australia, had reported a major change in their financial situation, their relationship or their health in the year between surveys were significantly more likely to have an above threshold score.

The level of mental distress among Filipinas in Queensland appears to be slightly higher than the levels reported in the general population but lower than other migrant groups. The determinants of mental distress in this population contrast with those in the gen­eral Australian population and other migrant groups. The social context of these deter­minants in Filipinas needs to be elicited for an understanding of these differences.
Keyword Psychiatry
General Health Questionnaire
Mental Health
Q-Index Code C1

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