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Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018 May 3;15(5). pii: E900. doi: 10.3390/ijerph15050900.

Will Happiness Improve the Psychological Integration of Migrant Workers?

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1
College of Economics and Management, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou 510642, China. lycmfc@163.com.
2
Department of Finance, Business School, Shantou University, Shantou 515063, China. jqzhu@stu.edu.cn.
3
Research Institute for Guangdong-Taiwan Business Cooperation, Shantou University, Shantou 515063, China. jqzhu@stu.edu.cn.
4
College of Economics and Management, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou 510642, China. mfc_105@163.com.
5
College of Economics and Management, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou 510642, China. liqin@scau.edu.cn.
6
School of Economics, Finance and Marketing, College of Business, RMIT University, Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia. di.mo@rmit.edu.au.
7
Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics, Griffith University, Brisbane, QLD 4111, Australia. b.li@griffith.edu.au.
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Zhongshan Institute, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Guangzhou 528400, China. sangbing@hotmail.com.
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Research Center for Environment and Sustainable Development of China Civil Aviation, Civil Aviation University of China, Tianjin 300300, China. sangbing@hotmail.com.

Abstract

Happiness is a major factor that influences people’s perceptions and behavior. Two-stage least squares regression was applied to investigate the effect of happiness on the psychological integration of migrant workers in China. The data for a total of 1625 individuals were obtained from the 2014 China Labor-force Dynamics Survey (CLDS). This study describes happiness from three main aspects: happiness, life satisfaction, and economic satisfaction. The psychological integration includes two dimensions of settlement willingness, and trust level; these have gone through dimension-reduced processing by using the weighted average method. The empirical evidence shows, first, that happiness has a significantly positive effect on the psychological integration of migrant workers and second, that the sense of life satisfaction in particular plays a more significant role. The acceleration of the social and political integration in migrant workers will enhance their psychological integration. Additionally, social, cultural and economic integration is found to influence migrant workers’ psychological integration by promoting happiness. Happiness between different generations of migrant workers was found to have a noticeably positive impact on their psychological integration; however, the happiness of the younger migrant workers was more perceivable than that of the other generations. Preferential policies should therefore be provided to improve the happiness of migrant workers.

KEYWORDS:

happiness; migrant workers; psychological health; psychological integration

PMID:
29751489
PMCID:
PMC5981939
DOI:
10.3390/ijerph15050900
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