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Sex Differences, Duration of Stay in the United States, and Serious Psychological Distress

The Case of Middle Eastern Immigrants in the United States

Shafeek Amin, Neveen, PhD; Driver, Nichola, PhD

doi: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000217
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Using data from the 2002-2012 National Health Interview Surveys, this study examines the association between duration of stay in the United States and serious psychological distress (SPD) among Middle Eastern (ME) immigrants and tests whether this association differs by sex. Results show that although ME immigrant women with longer duration are significantly more likely to report SPD than US-born white women, the SPD of ME immigrant men do not significantly differ from that of US-born white men. These findings emphasize the harmful influence of a longer duration of stay in the United States on the SPD of ME immigrant women.

Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Arkansas at Little Rock (Dr Shafeek Amin); and Clinton School of Public Service, University of Arkansas (Dr Driver).

Correspondence: Neveen Shafeek Amin, PhD, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, AR 72204 (nxshafeekam@ualr.edu).

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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