This research was partly funded by the University of Canberra Research Grants Scheme. The authors are grateful for help from a large number of community organizations and individuals, especially Veronica Hon and Wendy Ho for their assistance with data collection.
Migrant Distress: The Role of Perceived Racial Discrimination and Coping Resources1
Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 31, Issue 12, pages 2632–2647, December 2001
How to Cite
Mak, A. S. and Nesdale, D. (2001), Migrant Distress: The Role of Perceived Racial Discrimination and Coping Resources. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 31: 2632–2647. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2001.tb00194.x
- Issue published online: 31 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
This paper examines the relationships among perceived racial discrimination, coping resources, and psychological distress experienced by 372 ethnic Chinese migrants in 3 Australian cities, within the social context of ongoing debates on Asian immigration. Based on the stress-coping-strain framework, it was expected that migrants’ recent increases in psychological distress would be associated with greater perceived racial discrimination, and lower levels of coping resources. Possible moderating effects of coping resources were examined. Hierarchical regression analyses provided broad support for the stress-coping-strain framework, and indicated direct effects of low personal and ethnic self-esteem and having a small number of Anglo-Australian friends on increased psychological distress. The findings are discussed with regard to implications for migrants’ wellbeing in the context of sociopolitical debates.