Impact of economic crisis on mental health of migrant workers: what happened with migrants who came to Spain to work?
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To assess changes in mental health in a sample of migrant workers after the eruption of the economic crisis in Spain.
318 migrant workers were interviewed. Mental health, sociodemographic, and economic crisis related variables were obtained through face-to-face (2008) and phone (2011) interviews. Prevalence of poor mental health (PMH) was compared (2011–2008) and multivariate logistic regression models were fitted.
Change in prevalence of PMH was higher in men (aOR 4.63; 95 % CI 2.11–10.16). Subgroups of men showing the largest detrimental mental health effects were: unemployed, with low salaries (≤1,200 euros) and those reporting family burden. An increase of PMH was found in women, without significant associations.
Mental health of migrant workers in Spain has worsened during the economic crisis.
KeywordsWorking conditions Economic crisis Migrants Mental health Spain
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