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Effects of migration on women’s psychosocial health: Focus on the Mediterranean region 

Effects of migration on women’s psychosocial health: Focus on the Mediterranean region
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Effects of migration on women’s psychosocial health: Focus on the Mediterranean region
Author(s):

Mauro Carta

, Giulia Cossu

, and Caterina La Cascia

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198833741.003.0015
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date: 18 May 2021

The scientific community and humanitarian organizations have produced a considerable amount of research on the mental health status of migrants. However, few studies have looked at the mental health of migrant women. This chapter is aimed to study this phenomenon, beginning with an examination of risks related to sexual and gender-based violence in the different steps of the migration process, and the psychological implications of the migratory process on Mediterranean African women in Europe. The migration and different forms of violence on women are associated with psychopathological manifestations such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, adaptation, and trauma- and stressor-related disorders. There is very limited knowledge on the lived experiences of migrant women and in future studies researchers should investigate the relationship between migration, gender, and mental health, in order to encourage the policies and prevention/treatment programmes for women and for psychosocial issues that may arise.

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