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Women and migration: Psychopathology 

Women and migration: Psychopathology
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Women and migration: Psychopathology
Author(s):

Vandita Shanbhag

, Madhura Bojappa

, and Prabha S. Chandra

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198833741.003.0048
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date: 18 May 2021

Migration affects women and men differently. A discrepancy between gender roles and expectations influence the challenges and coping in immigrants. In this chapter, the importance of understanding migration in a gender-sensitive manner is discussed. Women are likely to have higher rates of psychiatric disorders due to risk factors such as unfavourable socio-economic status, stigma, role burden, and adversities faced during migration. The chapter highlights the protective and risk factors for developing mental health problems in women migrants. Mental health problems in various migrants, such as international, internal, asylum seekers, and vulnerable groups of women such as women in the perinatal period, adolescents and young girls, and elderly women, are discussed. The need to initiate preventive measures before the process of migration and in addition to early detection and intervention for mental health problems by sensitive healthcare providers is emphasized.

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