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16.03.2019 | Original Paper | Ausgabe 2/2019

Journal of Religion and Health 2/2019

Religion Affiliation and Depression Risk: Factory Workers Working in Hi-Tech Companies in Shanghai, China

Journal of Religion and Health > Ausgabe 2/2019
Liwen Hou, Patrick Leung, Monit Cheung, Yongxiang Xu
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This study examines factors contributing to depression among migrant factory workers in Shanghai. A survey was designed with mental health questions under a framework explaining: (1) social capital, (2) migratory stress, and (3) mental health consequences. With a return rate of 98.3%, 1966 individuals completed the survey. Only 11.1% of the respondents indicated having a religious affiliation. The findings are not surprising about the relationship between trust, economic condition, and depression. However, it is surprising to find that not having a religious affiliation is significantly connected to better mental health. The effect of religious beliefs should be examined as a trust factor to remove the barrier of perceiving religion as an added stressor.

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