A Moderated Mediation Analysis on the Association Between Perceived Discrimination and Physical Symptoms Among Immigrant Women from Mainland China into Hong Kong: Evidence from the FAMILY Cohort

Nancy Xiaonan Yu, Michael Y. Ni, Sunita M. Stewart

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Abstract

With a research focus on the possible impact of perceived discrimination on physical symptoms, this study examined a moderated mediation model that depressive symptoms would mediate the association between perceived discrimination and physical symptoms, and family satisfaction would show moderating effects on both depressive and physical symptoms among immigrants. Immigrant women from Mainland China into Hong Kong (N = 966) completed a cross-sectional survey. Depressive symptoms mediated the association between perceived discrimination and physical symptoms. Family satisfaction moderated the association between perceived discrimination and depressive symptoms that participants with lower family satisfaction showed a stronger association. However, family satisfaction did not moderate with perceived discrimination or depressive symptoms to predict physical symptoms. Our findings demonstrated the health consequences of perceived discrimination. Development of resilience programs, particularly with a focus of strengthening family resources, may in tandem help immigrants manage their experiences with discrimination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • Depressive symptoms
  • Family satisfaction
  • Immigrants
  • Perceived discrimination
  • Physical symptoms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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