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Acculturation and Depression in Older Migrants in Australia

Mr Tze Wei Chan, A/Prof Lee-Fay Low, Dr Jess Baker
Research Centre DCRC Assessment and Better Care
Partner Institution
Project Description

Does how well we settle into a new country affect our mood?

With more than a quarter of Australia’s current population being born overseas, the migrant population makes up a significant group of people in Australia.

Acculturation within the migrant population has been shown to affect mental health. This will be the first study to explore the relationship between acculturation and depression symptoms in two migrant groups.

Investigating within and between group differences in the relationship between acculturation and depression symptoms will enable us to better understand how the post migration experience impacts on mental health. The results may help explain inconsistencies in the relationship between depression and migration, and may inform migrant services in assisting in adjustment to Australia.


The project aims to establish whether

  1. Acculturation levels differ between older migrants from English and non-English speaking countries,

  2. There is an association between acculturation and depression in older migrants, and

  3. Whether the relationship between acculturation and depression differs between migrants from English speaking and non-English speaking countries


A total of 200 participants will be recruited; 100 Chinese migrants (from East Asian countries like Taiwan, China and Hong Kong) and 100 British migrants. Participants will be aged 65 years or older and must have lived in Australia for at least 5 years.


Participants will complete a survey - on paper or online (see button on this page). This project is currently recruiting - please contact Mr Tze Wei Chan if you have any questions


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