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Title: The Mental Health Status of Expatriate versus U.S. Domestic Workers: A Comparative Study
IJHP_Jan_2018_The-Mental-Health-Status-of-Expatriate-versus-US-Domestic-Workers-A-Comparative-Study.pdf  (232.74 kB)  
Authors: Truman, Sean D.
Sharar, David A., 1961-
Pompe, John C.
Date: 2018-01
Citation: Truman, S. D., Sharar, D. A. & Pompe, J. C. (2018). The Mental Health Status of Expatriate versus U.S. Domestic Workers: A Comparative Study. International Journal of Health & Productivity, 10(1), 50-58.
Abstract: Although a range of authors have suggested that the rates of mental health problems among expatriates are higher than their counterparts living at home, there has been no empirical examination of whether expatriates living overseas do, in fact, experience higher levels of risk for mental health problems. This study deployed a cross-sectional, two-group survey research design to compare the mental health status of an expatriate population to a domestic U.S. non-expatriate population. The two groups were separate and distinct U.S. based employers. A validated behavioral health screening tool, known as the GAIN-Short Screener, was used to rule out who has a behavioral health disorder and who does not in both the expatriate and non-expatriate groups. The study concludes that employees living and working as expatriates experience a higher range of risk for mental health and substance use disorders that exceeds their U.S. counterparts.
Subject Keywords: expatriate
United States domestic worker
cultural issues
Mental health
Affective disorders
Adjustment disorders
Substance-Related Disorders
Description: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in the International Journal of Mental Health on 10 Dec 2014, available online: [Article DOI 10.2753/IMH0020-7411400401].
Peer Reviewed: Yes
Type: Article
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