Unemployment and psychological health among Hong Kong Chinese women

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)499-505
Journal / PublicationPsychological Reports
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1997


The impact of unemployment on psychological health, indexed by the General Health Questionnaire, was studied in 86 unemployed and 79 employed Chinese women in Hong Kong. As with findings reported in the West, the present results showed that the unemployed participants were more disturbed than their steadily employed peers. In addition, the prevalence rate of disturbance (54%) observed in the present sample of unemployed women is comparatively higher than those of Western samples reported previously. Implications of these preliminary findings for research on psychological aspects of unemployment among Hong Kong Chinese were discussed.