Social service utilization, sense of community, family functioning and the mental health of new immigrant women in Hong Kong

Qiaobing Wu, Julian Chun Chung Chow

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Drawing upon a sample of 296 new immigrant women in Hong Kong, this study investigated how social service utilization, family functioning, and sense of community influenced the depressive symptoms of new immigrant women. Results of the structural equation modeling suggested that family functioning and sense of community were both significantly and negatively associated with the depression of new immigrant women. Utilization of community services also influenced the depression of immigrant women indirectly through the mediating effect of sense of community. Implications of the research findings for mental health intervention were discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1735-1746
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Depression
  • Family functioning
  • New immigrant women
  • Sense of community
  • Social service utilization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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