Psychological Well-Being Among Immigrants and Refugees in St. Louis, Missouri

Conference: The Asian Conference on the Social Sciences (ACSS2022)
Title: Psychological Well-Being Among Immigrants and Refugees in St. Louis, Missouri
Stream: Immigration, Refugees, Race, Nation
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation
Hisako Matsuo, Saint Louis University, United States
Lisa Willoughby, Saint Louis University, United States
Jennifer Hale-Gallardo, Center of Innovation on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (CINDRR-Gainesville), United States
Elizabeth Salley, Saint Louis University, United States


The process of migration and integration into immigrants’ host communities has been noted to be a stressful, non-normative event from a psychosocial point of view. Given the magnitude of immigration to the U.S., it is increasingly important to understand the variables that impact immigrant psychological well-being, an essential aspect of successful integration. The data for this study were collected through interview surveys with immigrants from six different countries (n=330). The six different immigrant groups interviewed were Bosnians, Chinese, Latino/na, Indian, Korean, and Vietnamese Hierarchical regression analysis was conducted for each immigrant group to identify variables that may have an effect on psychological well-being, including locus of control, socialization, social support, English competency, and demographic characteristics. The study found that different independent variables were associated with psychological well-being in each group, aligning with indications in current literature that immigrant groups experience different migration motivations, contexts, and resettlement coping strategies, based on cultural values and contextual factors. Suggestions to policy makers and service providers are offered.

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