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Gender, health and migration: analysis of social determinants of health and self-perceived well-being of migrant women, through data from the European social survey and migration integration policy index
Author/s: Silvia Vesco, Tiziana Mancini, Michele Rossi 
Year:  2021 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  22 Pg. 103-124 FullText PDF:  323 KB
DOI:  10.3280/PDS2021-003013
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The study aims to analyse the psycho - social determinants of the health of migrants in Europe and migrant women in particular, within the theoretical framework of studies on accul-turation. Health determinants have been analysed on two levels: individual, through data col-lected of 15.244 participants by the European Health Interview Survey in 2014 (EHIS wave 2), and contextual, through indicators such as the Migration Integration Policy Index (Mipex), the Euro-barometer on discrimination, the Gender Equality Index (EEIG), the Gross Domestic Product (Gross Domestic Product) and the percentage of migrants in the total population for the years 2014 and 2015 for 24 EU countries. The findings have confirmed a health disad-vantage for migrant women, who are subject to multiple discrimination affecting their health.
Keywords: Migrant health, acculturation, health determinants, gender inequality, Ehis, Mipex

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Silvia Vesco, Tiziana Mancini, Michele Rossi, Gender, health and migration: analysis of social determinants of health and self-perceived well-being of migrant women, through data from the European social survey and migration integration policy index in "PSICOLOGIA DELLA SALUTE" 3/2021, pp. 103-124, DOI:10.3280/PDS2021-003013


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