Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


Study Examines Older Chinese Migrant Mental Health

Study Examines Mental Health Of Older Chinese Migrants

Findings from the first New Zealand survey of older Chinese migrants were reported today at an international mental health conference held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Auckland. The research was conducted by AUT’s Professor Max Abbott and members of the AUT Centre for Asian and Migrant Health Research - Dr Sai Wong, Dr Wilson Young, Dr Ming Au, Lynne Giles and Sue Wong.

Speaking at the 3rd Biennial World Conference on Mental Health Promotion and the Prevention of Mental Illness and Behavioural Disorders, Professor Max Abbott said a survey of 162 older Chinese migrants found a quarter had depressive symptoms. While similar to rates for older people generally, he said some sub-groups were at high risk for depression and that more could be done to help these people.

“Given the dislocation involved in shifting to a new society and culture, the remarkable thing is that rates of depressive symptoms appear to be similar to those from studies in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, as well as for older New Zealanders generally,” said Professor Abbott. “We expected the rate to be higher.”

Major risk factors for depression identified in the study included more frequent general practitioner visits, difficulties in accessing health services, cardiovascular disease, poor self-rated health, having an illness in the past year, not driving a car, reliance on public transport, low social support, low New Zealand cultural orientation and difficulties with language and acculturation.

Another risk factor was living in New Zealand for more than a year. None of the 17 participants resident for less than a year were depressed.

Professor Abbott said while it is not always clear which factors are cause and which are effect, the study highlights the connection between physical and mental health and points to a number of measures that could prevent mental health and associated problems. The study also suggests health services need to be more accessible to new migrant groups.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

NZ On Air TV Funding: More Comedy Comes Out Of The Shadows

Paranormal Event Response Unit is a series conceived by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi as a TV spin-off from their highly acclaimed feature film What We Do In The Shadows. More>>

ALSO:

Mars News: Winners Announced For The 2016 Apra Silver Scroll Awards

Wellington singer-songwriter and internationally acclaimed musician Thomas Oliver has won the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Award with his captivating love song ‘If I Move To Mars’. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Salt River Songs by Sam Hunt

Colin Hogg, a longtime comrade of Sam, writes in his Introduction that, ‘There is a lot of death in this collection of new poems by my friend Sam Hunt. It’s easier to count the poems here that don’t deal with the great destroyer than it is to point to the ones that do.’ More>>

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news