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Aust N Z J Psychiatry. 1996 Aug;30(4):457-62.

Mental health status of a Latin American community in New South Wales.

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  • 1Community, Aged and Mental Health Service, Hunter Area Health Service, Wallsend, New South Wales, Australia.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the levels and predictors of psychological distress within a Latin American community in the Hunter region of New South Wales, Australia.

METHOD:

Participants (n = 184) were interviewed in their homes by a bilingual interviewer using a specially prepared questionnaire and the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12).

RESULTS:

Of the 13 independent variables examined, two demographic and two immigrant-related variables were significantly associated with an above-threshold score: marital status, employment status, perceived discrimination, and dissatisfaction with life in Australia.

CONCLUSIONS:

Compared to results from other community surveys, the levels of psychological distress within this Latin American community appear to be relatively high.

PMID:
8887694
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