Social psychiatry

, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 49–55 | Cite as

Cross-cultural perspective on mental health and immigrant adaptation

  • Jean -Claude Lasry


A sample of 480 North African immigrants living in Montreal was stratified according to their length of residence in the country. Mental health was assessed with a check-list of 22 psychiatric symptoms devised by Langner. The immigrants' mental health level is similar to that of the native French Canadians. The high level of anxiety expressed by the immigrants seems mainly due to the stress of immigration. A cross-cultural comparison showed that French Canadians, North Africans and Mexicans complain much more of psychosomatic troubles than English-speaking Canadians or Americans.


Public Health Mental Health Psychiatric Symptom Health Level African Immigrant 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean -Claude Lasry
    • 1
  1. 1.Jewish General Hospital and Université de MontréalMontrealCanada

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