Correlates of quality of life in new migrants to Hong Kong from Mainland China

Winky K. F. WONG, Kee Lee CHOU, Nelson W. S. CHOW

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Abstract

The concept of Quality of life (QOL) has received considerable attention from different disciplines. The aim of this study was to identify what are the correlates of QOL among Chinese new immigrants in Hong Kong. Data were collected through a cross-sectional survey among 449 Hong Kong new immigrants from Mainland China. Bivariate and multiple regression analyses were performed to examine the association between immigrants' QOL and their demographic characteristics, socio-economic factors, optimism, sense of control, perceived social support, perceived neighborhood disorder, collective efficacy, pre-migration planning, depressive symptoms and acculturation stress. Our findings demonstrated that depressive symptom is the most prominent factor in reducing immigrants' level of QOL, perceived social support and optimism are the two important factors that enhance the QOL of these depressed immigrants. Our results indicate that preventive measures must be developed, and professional counseling and psychological support services must be provided to new immigrants in Hong Kong, especially those who have depressive symptoms. Copyright © 2011 The Author(s).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-391
JournalSocial Indicators Research
Volume107
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012

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Wong, W. K. F., Chou, K.-L., & Chow, N. W. S. (2012). Correlates of quality of life in new migrants to Hong Kong from Mainland China. Social Indicators Research, 107(2), 373-391. doi: 10.1007/s11205-011-9853-2

Keywords

  • Quality of life
  • Depression
  • Immigrants
  • China
  • Hong Kong