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Influence of Mental Health and Social Relationships on Quality of Life among Myanmar Migrant Workers in the South of Thailand


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1 Doctor of Public Health Program, Faculty of Public Health, Khon Kaen University, Thailand
2 Faculty of Public Health, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand
3 Tha Khantho District Public health Office, Kalasin, Thailand
4 Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand
     

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Background: Previous studies indicated that mental health and social relationships have influence on quality of life. However, there are limited studies on the association between mental health and social relationshipson quality of life among Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand. Method: This study aimed to determine the prevalence of quality of life and the influence of mental health and social relationships on quality of life among Myanmar migrant workers in the South of Thailand. This crosssectional analytical study was conducted among 794 Myanmar migrants who were selected by using a multistage random sampling from 2 provinces in the South of Thailand to respond to a structured questionnaire interview. The generalized linear mixed model analysis was performed to determine the association between mental health and social relationships on quality of life when controlling other covariates. Results: The prevalence of good quality of life among Myanmar migrant workers was 11.46% (95%CI:9.24- 13.68). Mental health and social relationships were significantly associated with good quality of life were; no had depressive symptoms (adj. OR=3.83; 95%CI: 2.28-6.43, p-value < 0.001), had good relationship with employers (adj. OR=3.02; 95%CI: 1.71-5.31, p-value < 0.001) and had high level of involvement with peers (adj. OR=1.90; 95%CI: 1.09-3.32, p-value < 0.023). Significant covariates were average personal monthly incomes and received health information. About one-tenth of Myanmar migrant workers had a good quality of life. Mental health, social relationships and access to health information had influenced their quality of life.

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Myanmar migrant workers, Quality of life, Social relationships, Thailand
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Kanit Hnuploy
Doctor of Public Health Program, Faculty of Public Health, Khon Kaen University, Thailand
Wongsa Laohasiriwong
Faculty of Public Health, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand
Kittipong Sornlorm
Tha Khantho District Public health Office, Kalasin, Thailand
Thitima Nutrawong
Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand

Abstract


Background: Previous studies indicated that mental health and social relationships have influence on quality of life. However, there are limited studies on the association between mental health and social relationshipson quality of life among Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand. Method: This study aimed to determine the prevalence of quality of life and the influence of mental health and social relationships on quality of life among Myanmar migrant workers in the South of Thailand. This crosssectional analytical study was conducted among 794 Myanmar migrants who were selected by using a multistage random sampling from 2 provinces in the South of Thailand to respond to a structured questionnaire interview. The generalized linear mixed model analysis was performed to determine the association between mental health and social relationships on quality of life when controlling other covariates. Results: The prevalence of good quality of life among Myanmar migrant workers was 11.46% (95%CI:9.24- 13.68). Mental health and social relationships were significantly associated with good quality of life were; no had depressive symptoms (adj. OR=3.83; 95%CI: 2.28-6.43, p-value < 0.001), had good relationship with employers (adj. OR=3.02; 95%CI: 1.71-5.31, p-value < 0.001) and had high level of involvement with peers (adj. OR=1.90; 95%CI: 1.09-3.32, p-value < 0.023). Significant covariates were average personal monthly incomes and received health information. About one-tenth of Myanmar migrant workers had a good quality of life. Mental health, social relationships and access to health information had influenced their quality of life.

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Myanmar migrant workers, Quality of life, Social relationships, Thailand



DOI: https://doi.org/10.37506/v11%2Fi2%2F2020%2Fijphrd%2F194996