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Author Jin, Lei ♦ Wen, Ming ♦ Fan, Jessie X. ♦ Wang, Guixin
Source World Health Organization (WHO)-Global Index Medicus
Content type Text
Publisher Elsevier
File Format HTM / HTML
Language English
Difficulty Level Medium
Subject Domain (in DDC) Philosophy & psychology ♦ Psychology ♦ Social sciences ♦ Sociology & anthropology ♦ Social groups ♦ Natural sciences & mathematics ♦ Life sciences; biology ♦ Natural history of organisms ♦ Technology ♦ Medicine & health ♦ Incidence & prevention of disease ♦ Diseases
Subject Domain (in MeSH) Eukaryota ♦ Organisms ♦ Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms ♦ Psychological Phenomena and Processes ♦ Psychiatry and Psychology ♦ Social Sciences ♦ Anthropology, Education, Sociology and Social Phenomena ♦ Persons ♦ Persons ♦ Population Characteristics ♦ Health Care ♦ Geographic Locations ♦ Geographic Locations
Subject Keyword Discipline Medicine ♦ Mental Health ♦ Population Dynamics ♦ Rural Population ♦ Social Support ♦ Urban Population ♦ Adolescent ♦ Adult ♦ China ♦ Emigrants And Immigrants ♦ Psychology ♦ Female ♦ Humans ♦ Male ♦ Middle Aged ♦ Prejudice ♦ Social Environment ♦ Socioeconomic Factors ♦ Young Adult ♦ Journal Article ♦ Research Support, Non-u.s. Gov't
Abstract During the past three decades, an estimated 200 million rural residents have moved to urban centers in China. They are 'sojourners' in the cities and maintain close ties with their home communities, which we term trans-local ties. This paper examines the relationship between migrants' social ties and their mental health, and contrasts the trans-local ties with migrants' ties in the receiving communities, which are termed local ties. We expect that for the migrants, trans-local ties foster better mental health not only through providing emotional support but also through generating favorable social comparisons; whereas local ties may furnish important social support, but may also produce negative social comparisons. We use data collected in Shanghai to test our expectations. We compare the migrants to a sample of Shanghai natives to assess patterns of relationship between social ties and mental health that are unique to the migrants. We find that for the migrants, more numerous trans-local ties are associated with better mental health, whereas the number of local ties is not a significant predictor. This pattern is not observed among the Shanghai natives. Moreover, for migrants, trans-local ties foster a favorable evaluation of their status in Shanghai and buffer their perception of discrimination; in contrast, more numerous local ties tend to be associated with a more negative perception of social status. The findings highlight an often-overlooked pathway between social ties and health outcomes, namely, through influencing social comparison and perceived social status. This study also suggests that in addition to reducing institutional and personal discrimination, facilitating close bonds between the migrants and their home communities may be a productive way to foster their well-being, in the context of contemporary urban China.
Spatial Coverage China
Description Country affiliation: Hong Kong
Author Affiliation: Jin L ( Department of Sociology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, RM 431, Sino Building, Chung Chi College Campus, Shatin, Hong Kong. ljin@cuhk.edu.hk)
ISSN 02779536
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Reading ♦ Research ♦ Self Learning
Interactivity Type Expositive
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2012-07-01
Publisher Place Great Britain (UK)
e-ISSN 18735347
Journal Social Science & Medicine
Volume Number 75
Issue Number 2


Source: WHO-Global Index Medicus