Migrant distress: The role of perceived racial discrimination and coping resources

Anita S. Mak, Drew Nesdale

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This paper examines the relationships among perceived racial discrimination, coping resources, and psychological distress experienced by 372 ethnic Chinese migrants in 3 Australian cities, within the social context of ongoing debates on Asian immigration. Based on the stress-coping-strain framework, it was expected that migrants' recent increases in psychological distress would be associated with greater perceived racial discrimination, and lower levels of coping resources. Possible moderating effects of coping resources were examined. Hierarchical regression analyses provided broad support for the stress-coping-strain framework, and indicated direct effects of low personal and ethnic self-esteem and having a small number of Anglo-Australian friends on increased psychological distress. The findings are discussed with regard to implications for migrants' well-being in the context of sociopolitical debates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2632-2647
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2001


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