Immigrant status and gender effects on psychopathology and self-concept in adolescents: a test of the migration-morbidity hypothesis

Compr Psychiatry. Sep-Oct 1994;35(5):393-404. doi: 10.1016/0010-440x(94)90281-x.


Evidence for a relationship between immigrant status and psychological morbidity (which we shall refer to as the "migration-morbidity" hypothesis) in adolescents is variable and inconclusive. The present study tests this hypothesis and also explores gender differences in self-reported psychopathology and self-concept measures. Native-born Australians, Australian-born adolescent children of immigrants, and immigrant and refugee adolescents are compared on a number of relevant measures. The results do not support the migration-morbidity hypothesis. However, Vietnamese refugee adolescents had poorer self-concept than the other groups.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acculturation*
  • Adolescent
  • Anxiety / diagnosis
  • Anxiety / psychology
  • Australia
  • Depression / diagnosis
  • Depression / psychology
  • Emigration and Immigration*
  • Female
  • Gender Identity*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / diagnosis
  • Mental Disorders / psychology*
  • Personal Satisfaction
  • Personality Development*
  • Refugees / psychology*
  • Self Concept*
  • Social Perception