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HOME Singapore survey finds 24% migrant domestic workers suffer from poor mental health

by Fish Ip published Apr 05, 2015 01:42 AM
HOME surveyed 670 employed migrant domestic workers (Burmese, Filipinos and Indonesians) in a study to determine the state of their mental health and also find out more about their working and living conditions.


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Here are some of the results:
1) 24% of those surveyed suffer from poor mental health.
2) Domestic workers earn an average of $515 per month. Wage discrimination by nationality was found and Burmese workers are the worst paid compared to Filipinos and Indonesians.
3) Domestic workers work an average of 13 hours a day.
4) 60% did not keep their own employment contracts.
5) Only 40% had a weekly day off.
6) Half of the respondents said they did not receive adequate medical attention
7) 65% said they were not always treated with dignity by their employer or employer’s family.
8) 35% of the participants experienced some form of economic abuse (mostly in form of late salary payments) 51% of the respondents faced some form of verbal abuse (mainly in form of scolding/nagging, yelling/screaming/ shouting and calling names) 6% of the respondents had been exposed to some form of physical abuse (most commonly by someone throwing objects at her). 7% of the respondents experienced some form of moral abuse (in form of insulting comments on their faith or belief(s) 7% of respondents were victims of sexual abuse (mostly in form of improper sexual comments) at least once by their employer or employer’s family.

Crucial factors for good mental health based on our findings: a perceived sense of integration into the employer’s family, a perceived feeling of privacy in the employer’s house, a positive perception of being treated with dignity. Sufficient rest, having one’s own room to sleep in, adequate nutritional and medical attention by the employer and having a stable social network are also vital.

Source: HOME Singapore

Story Type: Update

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