Psychological distress among immigrant women who divorced: Resilience as a mediator

I. Hui Chen, Shu Fen Niu, Yueh Chen Yeh, I. Ju Chen, Shu Fen Kuo

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate relationships among the demands of immigration, resilience, and psychological distress in divorced immigrant women, and determine the mediating effects of resilience on the relationship between demands of immigration and psychological distress. Design: The cross-sectional study included 117 women who had immigrated and married Taiwanese men but later got divorced. Methods: The Chinese health questionnaire-12 scale, the resilience scale-Chinese version, and the demands of immigration (DI) scale were used to measure in this study. A multiple regression and Sobel test were used to examine whether resilience mediated the relationship between demands of immigration and psychological distress. Findings: In this study, 47% of the divorced immigrant women were experiencing psychological distress, and 25.6% exhibited high levels of demands of immigration. Women with psychological distress had higher demand scores (t = 2.592, p = 0.011) and lower resilience scores (t = −3.965, p < 0.001) compared to women without psychological distress. The demands of immigration negatively predicted resilience (t = −3.050, p = 0.003). Finally, resilience mediated the association of demands of immigration with psychological distress (z = 2.497, p = 0.0125). Conclusions: Relationships among the demands of immigration, resilience, and psychological distress in divorced immigrant women were demonstrated in this study. Resilience played an important role in the relationship between demands of immigration and psychological distress. Clinical relevance: Tailored programs that foster resilience to reduce risks of demands of immigration and psychological distress in this vulnerable population should be developed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of Psychiatric Nursing
Volume39
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2022

Keywords

  • Demands of immigration
  • Divorce
  • Immigrant women
  • Psychological distress
  • Resilience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Psychological distress among immigrant women who divorced: Resilience as a mediator'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this