Migration, stressful events and health: perspectives of women from rural communities in Michoacan with migrant relatives
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Introduction. Deeper knowledge regarding the impact and emotional costs of migration is re­quired. Objective. To analyze the way in which women perceive stressful life events and their effects in their physical and mental health. Method. Non probabilistic convenience sampling with mixed methods was used. 62 women took part in this research. They were divided in five focus groups. They also responded a depressive symptomatology scale (CESD-R). Re­sults. The most frequent stressful life event was the physical and affective absence of their partner, followed by uncertainty and worry regarding those who have become migrants, lack of money, and their children’s health. Feelings of loneliness, sadness and anger were predominant. Fatigue symptoms, insomnia, depressed affection and somatization were also present. Discussion. The connection between migration, stressful life events and health are related to the efforts that women have to make to be able to provide for their families and to contribute to their wellbeing.

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