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n IFE PsychologIA : An International Journal - Gender, life experiences and reported feelings of wellbeing among African migrants in Germany
Objective : The aim of this paper is to describe how male and female African migrants in Germany perceive general life experiences and how this perception affects their wellbeing.
Method : This paper is part of a large cross sectional study of African migrants in Germany. Data was collected from seventy nine (79) African migrants consisting of 58 (73%) males and 21 (26%) females with age in years ranging from 15 to 46 with a mean age of 31.6 (SD) =7.34. Through the snowballing approach participants were reached in the following cities : Bremen, Hamburg, Bonn, Düsseldorf, Köln, Bayreuth, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, and Munich.
Results : Results showed that males experienced more racism and reported more negative life experiences than females. However, females reported more psychological dysfunctions than males on the following measures : anxiety, depression, bizarre mentation, self esteem and negative treatment. There were no significant difference for males and females on health concerns, anger, social discomfort, family problems and work interface.
Conclusion : These results have far reaching implication for mental health potential of migrants and international migration. The results were discussed within the framework of male-female vulnerability and recommendations made in accordance with findings of the study.
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