Mental health status of Iranian migrants in Sydney

Freidoon Khavarpour, Chris Rissel

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Objective: The aim of this study was to determine the levels and predictors of psychological distress within the Iranian community in Sydney, Australia. Method: Participants (n = 161) were identified using snowball sampling, and a questionnaire incorporating the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-20) and other migration-related factors was mailed to their preferred address. Results: A relatively high proportion of respondents (37%) had GHQ-20 scores above the recommended threshold (4+). Students were significantly more likely to report psychological distress compared with respondents who worked full-time. A feeling that migration had contributed to their distress was also found to be significantly associated with above-threshold GHQ-20 scores. Conclusions: Iranian migrants in Sydney may need mental health programs to address migration-related distress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)828-834
Number of pages7
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Acculturation
  • General Health Questionnaire
  • Iranians
  • Migration


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