Epidemiological studies on mental health needs of Asian population in New Zealand

Int J Soc Psychiatry. 2006 Sep;52(5):408-12. doi: 10.1177/0020764006065150.


Background: New Zealand has recently experienced a massive and rapid influx of Asian migrants. The Asian population has doubled in 10 years and is now the third-largest ethnic group.

Materials: Databases reviewed include Medline, NZ government reports and NZ media releases.

Discussion: Despite the significant growth in the Asian population, most of whom are in a vulnerable age group for mental morbidity and are exposed to adverse experiences, accurate and systematically obtained information on the mental health of Asians is lacking.

Conclusion: This paper argues for a need to conduct a well-designed epidemiological study on the mental health needs of Asians in New Zealand. Recommendations on how to pursue this epidemiological study are provided.

MeSH terms

  • Asians*
  • Epidemiologic Studies
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / epidemiology*
  • New Zealand / epidemiology