Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10(5), 1735-1746; doi:10.3390/ijerph10051735
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Social Service Utilization, Sense of Community, Family Functioning and the Mental Health of New Immigrant Women in Hong Kong

1 Department of Social Work, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, NT, Hong Kong 2 School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
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Received: 5 March 2013; in revised form: 13 April 2013 / Accepted: 19 April 2013 / Published: 29 April 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Migrant Health)
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Abstract: 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.
Keywords: depression; family functioning; new immigrant women; sense of community; social service utilization

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Wu, Q.; Chow, J.C.-C. Social Service Utilization, Sense of Community, Family Functioning and the Mental Health of New Immigrant Women in Hong Kong. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10, 1735-1746.

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Wu Q, Chow JC-C. Social Service Utilization, Sense of Community, Family Functioning and the Mental Health of New Immigrant Women in Hong Kong. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2013; 10(5):1735-1746.

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Wu, Qiaobing; Chow, Julian C.-C. 2013. "Social Service Utilization, Sense of Community, Family Functioning and the Mental Health of New Immigrant Women in Hong Kong." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 10, no. 5: 1735-1746.

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