Mental well‐being of chinese immigrants in the netherlands during the covid‐19 pandemic: A survey investigating personal and societal antecedents

Xin Ming*, Menno D.T. De Jong

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Abstract

The COVID‐19 pandemic has profoundly impacted people’s lives worldwide, with negative consequences for mental health and well‐being. Antecedents of mental health and well-being in times of COVID‐19 have been underresearched, especially among minority groups. Therefore, an online survey was conducted investigating the personal and societal antecedents of mental well‐being among Chinese immigrants in the Netherlands (N = 268). Constructs included perceived decrease of mental well‐being and attitude toward the Netherlands as dependent variables and a range of potential antecedents as independent variables. Results show that participants judged the Chinese COVID‐19 situation significantly more positively than the Dutch situation. Five antecedents of decreased mental well‐being were found: financial concerns, social isolation, feelings of lost time, experienced racism, and distrust of Dutch COVID‐19 information and figures. The antecedents of participants’ attitude toward the Netherlands were largely different: missing China, perceived difficulty of traveling to China, distrust of Dutch government measures, trust in Chinese government measures, and distrust of Dutch COVID‐19 information and figures. Fear of the virus itself did not significantly affect either of the dependent variables. The results call for a broad perspective on fac‐tors associated with mental well‐being and for special attention for minority groups in the societal dynamics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4198
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Volume13
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2021

Keywords

  • COVID‐19
  • Immigrants
  • Mental well‐being
  • Pandemic
  • Racism
  • Trust
  • UT-Gold-D

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