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Promotion of Parenting and Mental Health Needs among Chinese Women Living in Japan : A Qualitative Study

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Title: Promotion of Parenting and Mental Health Needs among Chinese Women Living in Japan : A Qualitative Study
Authors: Luo, Yunjie Browse this author
Sato, Yoko Browse this author →KAKEN DB
Zhai, Tianyue Browse this author
Kagamiyama, Hiromi Browse this author →KAKEN DB
Ebina, Yasuhiko Browse this author →KAKEN DB
Keywords: mental health
emigrants and immigrants
social support
qualitative study
thematic analysis
Issue Date: 19-Oct-2022
Publisher: MDPI
Journal Title: International journal of environmental research and public health
Volume: 19
Issue: 20
Start Page: 13538
Publisher DOI: 10.3390/ijerph192013538
PMID: 36294118
Abstract: Chinese women raising children in Japan tend to experience high parenting stress and poor mental well-being. However, their specific parenting and mental health promotion needs remain unknown. This study aimed to explore the parenting and mental health promotion needs of Chinese women living in Japan and provide recommendations to guide interventions. Semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted. Participants included 15 women aged 28-39 years who were pregnant or rearing a child younger than six years old. Thematic analysis was performed for data analysis. More than half of the participants experienced mental health problems, such as depressive symptoms and child-rearing stress. Four themes relating to their needs were identified: concrete support, information provision, caring and understanding, and social network building. Information provision and social network building should be emphasized as practical social support mechanisms to improve these women's mental health. Furthermore, a mental health promotion intervention should be developed to address this vulnerable population's needs. Healthcare providers and public health workers should help improve the social support systems of Chinese women in Japan to prevent mental health problems. Potential transcultural education can, arguably, help healthcare providers better understand transcultural care.
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