Gender differences in psychological distress among latin american immigrants to the Canary Islands

Karen J. Aroian, Anne E. Norris, María Asunción González De Chávez Fernández, Lourdes M. García Averasturi

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Abstract

We compared gender differences in rates and correlates of psychological distress among Latin American immigrants to the Canary Islands, Spain. Immigrant men (n∈=∈150) and women (n∈=∈150) completed questionnaires about demographic and migration characteristics, immigration demands, and psychological distress. Women reported more distress and immigration demands related to loss and occupation than men. For women, not being employed full time and immigration demands related to loss, novelty, occupation, and language were significantly related to distress. For men, living with children/grandchildren and immigration demands related to novelty and not feeling at home were significantly related to distress. Study findings suggest that women are at higher risk for psychological distress and that sources of psychological distress are gender specific.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-118
Number of pages12
JournalSex Roles
Volume59
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Gender
  • Hispanics
  • Immigrants
  • Psychological distress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Aroian, K. J., Norris, A. E., González De Chávez Fernández, M. A., & García Averasturi, L. M. (2008). Gender differences in psychological distress among latin american immigrants to the Canary Islands. Sex Roles, 59(1-2), 107-118. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11199-008-9418-2