Mental health outcomes in later life among newcomers to Canada: the role of childhood adversity

Authors: Vincent Kuuire*, University of Toronto - Mississauga
Topics: Migration
Keywords: Childhood adversity, Mental health, Immigrants, Health, Canada
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 4:30 PM / 6:10 PM
Room: Tyler, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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Childhood adversity is known to have an enduring effect on health outcomes of victims. The objective of the study was to examine the association between childhood adversity and psychosocial health outcomes among immigrants in Canada. Using descriptive and inferential statistics and fitting negative loglog regression models to the 2014 General Social Survey, the paper examined the relationship between experience of physical and sexual abuse before age 15 and its association with mental health outcomes (psychological-mental condition and self-rated mental health) among immigrants in Canada. After accounting for relevant socioeconomic and demographic factors, the findings show that experience of physical and sexual abuse during childhood is associated with negative mental health outcomes in later life. The paper calls on policymakers to design health programs that make conscious efforts to incorporate childhood experiences of immigrants to help improve psychosocial health outcomes.

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