Mental health among Asian and African migrant working mothers: new vulnerabilities, old religious coping resources

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Abstract

A qualitative research is presented to explore sources of psychosocial distress, expressive idioms, coping strategies, resilience resources, and experiences of mental-health services in Filipino, Sao Tomean and Indo-Mozambican migrant working mothers settled in Portugal. Findings suggest that shared gender roles and working conditions do not lead to similar modes of expressing mental distress. Particular manifestations take on cultural meanings in relation to specific vulnerabilities and stressors. Despite their higher level of psychosocial distress, these migrant mothers make little use of mental-health services. Comparative analysis has brought to light how religious participation provides them with a variety of expressive and coping resources that support and guarantee the fulfilment of their gender and mothering responsibilities, thus triggering desired changes that affect the lives of their children and families in both the short and long term.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-174
Number of pages13
JournalMental Health, Religion and Culture
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Feb 2017

Keywords

  • Gender
  • Immigrant
  • Mental health
  • Portugal
  • Religion

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