Gender Differences in Psychological Distress among Southeast Asian Refugees


Chung, Rita C., Fred Bemak, and Marjorie Kagawa-Singer. 1998. "Gender Differences in Psychological Distress among Southeast Asian Refugees." Journal of Nervous & Mental Disease 186 (2): 112-119.

Authors: Rita C. Chung, Fred Bemak, Marjorie Kagawa-Singer


The focus of this study was to examine gender differences in levels and predictors of psychological distress in a community sample of Southeast Asian refugees. Although previous studies with clinical samples of Southeast Asian refugees have found gender differences in the degree of psychological distress, the few community-based studies have been inconclusive. This community study found that there were gender differences in the predictors of distress and that refugee women reported significantly higher levels of psychological distress than their male counterparts. Implications of the findings are discussed.

Keywords: trauma, female refugees, male refugees, mental health

Topics: Displacement & Migration, Refugees, Gender, Women, Men, Health, Mental Health, Trauma Regions: Asia, Southeast Asia

Year: 1998

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