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Mentalnozdravstveni problemi i strategije suočavanja bosanskohercegovačkih imigranata u Švicarskoj
Mental Health And Coping Strategies Of Bosnian Immigrants In Switzerland

Author(s): Selvira Draganović
Subject(s): Psychology
Published by: Универзитет у Нишу
Keywords: mental health; coping strategies; immigrants; Bosnian immigrants.

Summary/Abstract: Mental health is more than the absence of mental illness, it is a state of well being in which every individual realizes his/her potentials, can cope with every day stressors, can work productively and is able to contribute to the community. Immigration and its phases represent great sources of stress and stressors. Immigrants need effective coping strategies which can help them maintain their physical as well as mental health. The aim of this study is to explore the persistence of coping strategies in a non clinical population of Bosnian immigrants in Switzerland. Our results showed a statistical significance of the t-test for all the scales (General Health Questionnaire, GHQ 28, Becks Depression Inventory, BDI and Perceived Stress Scale, PSS 14) and subscales of stress, depression, anxiety, somatic complaints, insomnia and social dysfunction. At the same time, the study shows a presence of a primary coping strategy in the form of social support and its use by Bosnian immigrants while dealing with difficulties and problems.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 02
  • Page Range: 195-202
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: English