Title Community participation and subjective wellbeing among the immigrant population in Northern Italy: An analysis of mediators
Authors Martinez-Damia S. , Paloma V. , LUESIA LAHOZ, JUAN FERNANDO, Marta E. , Marzana D.
External publication No
Means Am. J. Community Psychol.
Scope Article
Nature Científica
JCR Quartile 1
SJR Quartile 1
Web https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85146466601&doi=10.1002%2fajcp.12652&partnerID=40&md5=b81e694c74e3c0a3fbb3466d02ea8776
Publication date 18/01/2023
ISI 000913963700001
Scopus Id 2-s2.0-85146466601
DOI 10.1002/ajcp.12652
Abstract Community participation can be a potential strategy to increase the degree of the subjective wellbeing of immigrants within receiving societies. This study aims to analyze the relationship between immigrants\' community participation and their subjective wellbeing, testing the two dimensions of sense of mattering (feeling valued and adding value) and psychological sense of community as potential mediators of this relationship. A total of 308 first-generation immigrants living in Northern Italy filled out a questionnaire (45.1% were members of a migrant community-based organization). We found that immigrants who are members of a migrant organization show a higher level of subjective wellbeing, sense of mattering, and psychological sense of community than those who are not members. We also found that the sense of adding value and the psychological sense of community serve as mediators of the relationship between community participation and subjective wellbeing. The findings suggest that active participation is positively related to immigrants\' feeling useful and capable of contributing to society and their feeling of belonging, which, in turn, are positively related to their subjective wellbeing. Practical implications are presented, focusing on the need for generative social policies to move beyond the welfarist perspective in which immigrants only “receive” to embrace an active perspective in which immigrants can also “give.”. © 2023 Society for Community Research and Action.
Keywords article; community participation; emotional well-being; human; human experiment; immigrant; Italy; migrant; policy; questionnaire
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