Acculturation and mental health: A study of Hmong refugees at 1.5 and 3.5 years postmigration

Joseph Westermeyer, John Neider, Tou Fu Vang

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Abstract

This study of Hmong refugees at 1.5 and 3.5 years following arrival in the United States showed considerable improvement on psychiatric self-rating scales. Social changes over the 2 year interim (including a high unemployment rate) were few. Earlier premigration and postmigration variables correlated with high symptom levels at 1.5 years were not correlated with these symptoms at 3.5 years. Events in the acculturation process which accompany, and perhaps account for some of these observations are indicated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-93
Number of pages7
JournalSocial Science and Medicine
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1984

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Funding Information:
Anpreciation is expressed to MS Grace Peng for her . ‘assistance in the analysis of these data, and to MS Mayka Bouafuely and MS Gaohli Lyfong for their assistance in collecting these data. This study was supported in part by the Minnesota Medical Founda-tion. the Center for Urban and Regional AfIairs, and the National Institute of Mental Health (Grant No. I ROI MH36580-01).

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