Will happiness improve the psychological integration of migrant workers?

Li, T, Chu, C, Meng, F, Li, Q, Mo, D, Li, B and Tsai, S 2018, 'Will happiness improve the psychological integration of migrant workers?', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 15, no. 5, pp. 1-22.


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Title Will happiness improve the psychological integration of migrant workers?
Author(s) Li, T
Chu, C
Meng, F
Li, Q
Mo, D
Li, B
Tsai, S
Year 2018
Journal name International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume number 15
Issue number 5
Start page 1
End page 22
Total pages 22
Publisher MDPI AG
Abstract Happiness is a major factor that influences peoples perceptions and behavior. Two-stage least squares regression was applied to investigate the effect of happiness on the psychological integration of migrant workers in China. The data for a total of 1625 individuals were obtained from the 2014 China Labor-force Dynamics Survey (CLDS). This study describes happiness from three main aspects: happiness, life satisfaction, and economic satisfaction. The psychological integration includes two dimensions of settlement willingness, and trust level; these have gone through dimension-reduced processing by using the weighted average method. The empirical evidence shows, first, that happiness has a significantly positive effect on the psychological integration of migrant workers and second, that the sense of life satisfaction in particular plays a more significant role. The acceleration of the social and political integration in migrant workers will enhance their psychological integration. Additionally, social, cultural and economic integration is found to influence migrant workers psychological integration by promoting happiness. Happiness between different generations of migrant workers was found to have a noticeably positive impact on their psychological integration; however, the happiness of the younger migrant workers was more perceivable than that of the other generations. Preferential policies should therefore be provided to improve the happiness of migrant workers.
Subject Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
Keyword(s) Happiness
Migrant workers
Psychological health
Psychological integration
DOI - identifier 10.3390/ijerph15050900
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