Using three cross-sectional surveys to compare workplace psychosocial stressors and associated mental health status in six migrant groups working in Australia compared with Australian-born workers

Daly, Alison, Carey, Renee N, Darcey, Ellie, Chih, HuiJun, LaMontagne, Anthony D, Milner, Allison and Reid, Alison 2019, Using three cross-sectional surveys to compare workplace psychosocial stressors and associated mental health status in six migrant groups working in Australia compared with Australian-born workers, International journal of environmental research and public health, vol. 16, no. 5, pp. 1-15, doi: 10.3390/ijerph16050735.

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Title Using three cross-sectional surveys to compare workplace psychosocial stressors and associated mental health status in six migrant groups working in Australia compared with Australian-born workers
Author(s) Daly, Alison
Carey, Renee N
Darcey, Ellie
Chih, HuiJun
LaMontagne, Anthony DORCID iD for LaMontagne, Anthony D orcid.org/0000-0002-5811-5906
Milner, AllisonORCID iD for Milner, Allison orcid.org/0000-0003-4657-0503
Reid, Alison
Journal name International journal of environmental research and public health
Volume number 16
Issue number 5
Start page 1
End page 15
Total pages 15
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2019-03-01
ISSN 1660-4601
Keyword(s) cross-sectional surveys
mental health
migrant workers
workplace psychosocial stressors
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Environmental Sciences
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
Summary Migrant workers may be more likely to be exposed to workplace psychosocial stressors (WPS) which have an affect on physical and mental health. Given the relative lack of research on this topic, the study objectives were to estimate and compare the prevalence of WPS in migrant and Australian workers and investigate associated mental health problems. Three cross-sectional surveys, two with migrant workers and one with Australian workers, were pooled to provide estimates of prevalence. Regressions were conducted to investigate associations between workers and WPS. All WPS, except unfair pay, were associated with higher probability of mental health problems. The association between WPS and mental health did differ between some migrant groups. Compared with Australian-born workers, all other migrant groups tended to have a lower risk of mental health outcomes. Interactions between WPS and migrants showed variable levels in the risk of having a mental health problem, some attenuated and some increased. The study showed that country of birth does play a part in how treatment in the workplace is perceived and responded to. Any interventions to improve workplace conditions for migrant workers need to be aware of the different experiences related to migrant ethnicity.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/ijerph16050735
Field of Research MD Multidisciplinary
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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