Research Article: Depression: Problem-solving appraisal and self-rated health among Hong Kong Chinese migrant women

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  • Susan K. Y. Chow rn, phd,

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    1. School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and
      Susan K. Y. Chow, School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hunghom, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China. Email: hssusan@polyu.edu.hk
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  • Wing Chi Chan rn, msc

    1. St Teresa's Hospital, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
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Susan K. Y. Chow, School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hunghom, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China. Email: hssusan@polyu.edu.hk

Abstract

This cross-sectional survey explored the depression status of new migrant women and its relationship with self-rated health in the Hong Kong Chinese context. A convenience sample of 68 migrant women volunteered to participate in the study. The data were collected by using the Problem Solving Inventory, the Center for Epidemiological Studies-Depression questionnaire, and a self-rated health scale. The respondents were found to have a lesser degree of problem-solving appraisal, compared with other populations, and almost half of the volunteers were found to be depressed. Approximately 50% of the women reported their general health as “excellent”, “very good”, or “good”. The Pearson's correlation showed a positive significant correlation between problem-solving appraisal, depression, and self-rated health. The results of the regression analysis showed that family income, self-rated health, and problem-solving confidence are predictive factors of depression. Community nurses could consider using multidisciplinary interventions that focus on life-skills training in order to promote the psychological and general wellness of migrant women in addition to the use of counseling or medication interventions.

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