Title: An exploration of the modifying influence of social networks on Filipina domestic helpers anxiety in Macau, China

[Speaker] Chan, Chi Iao, Christy:1
[Co-author] Hall, Brian J:1,2, Garabiles, Melissa:3, Bernardo, Allan B.i.:1
1:University of Macau (Macao), 2:Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (United States of America), 3:Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines)

Filipinos are the second largest migrant worker group in Macau, China and nearly half are employed as domestic helpers (DH). Research evidence suggests that migrant workers are exposed to stress the longer they stay in their destination countries, and this leads to deteriorating mental health. The current study tests this association among Filipino DH in Macau. We further explored the potential moderating influence of social network supports. Data was collected from a convenience sample of 103 female Filipino DH living in Macau (Mean Age=37, SD=9.64). Correlation analysis demonstrated that the number of years working in Macau was positively associated with anxiety symptoms (r = .20, p < .05). Regression analysis results demonstrated that the number of social network supports modified this relationship. However, the interaction indicated that social network size was associated with increased anxiety symptoms, counter to our hypothesis. Reasons for this association will be explored.
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