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Advances in Public Health
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 9730162, 11 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/9730162
Review Article

Social Determinants of Immigrant Women’s Mental Health

1Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM), Winnipeg, MB, Canada R3E 4P4
2College of Human Ecology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, Canada

Received 2 December 2015; Revised 13 February 2016; Accepted 14 February 2016

Academic Editor: Ronald J. Prineas

Copyright © 2016 Mahin Delara. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Migration is a population movement with enormous challenges for immigrant women that influence their mental health. Mental health is a social issue and its determinants need to be recognized for health policy making. This paper reviews and consolidates findings from the existing literature on social determinants of immigrant women’s mental health within a socioecological framework. Findings of this review revealed that mental health of immigrant women is an outcome of several interacting determinants at social, cultural, and health care system levels and hence calls for many different ways to promote it. Recommendations for mental health promotion of immigrant women with respect to research, education, practice, and policy are explored.