Binnenmigration und psychische Gesundheit in der Sächsischen Längsschnittstudie: Relevante Faktoren 20 und 30 Jahre nach der Wiedervereinigung

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  • Christoph Kasinger - , University Hospital at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (Author)
  • Danielle Otten - , University Hospital at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (Author)
  • Yve Stöbel-Richter - , Zittau/Görlitz University of Applied Sciences (Author)
  • Manfred E Beutel - , University Hospital at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (Author)
  • Markus Zenger - , Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences, University Hospital Leipzig (Author)
  • Elmar Brähler - , University Hospital at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (Author)
  • Hendrik Berth - , Division of Psychological and Social Medicine and Developmental Neurosciences, University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden (Author)


Aim: The aim of the present study was to determine the relevant factors in the mental health of people who experienced internal migration in comparison with people who did not. Methods: Data from a longitudinal study in Saxony were used to compare the psychological distress of individuals who migrated internally with that of those who did not in 2010 and 2020. Bootstrapping-based mediation analysis was applied to examine possible mediators between internal migration and mental health. Results: Individuals who experienced internal migration reported less mental distress compared to those who did not in 2010, but not in 2020, but these effects disappeared after including covariates and mediators. Important mediators in 2010 were life situation, political solidarity with FRG, winner of German Unification and job security; in 2020, these were threat of old-age poverty and experiences with system. Discussion: Internal migration influences mental distress through different factors. Especially the current life circumstances play a crucial role. (c) Thieme. All rights reserved.
Translated title of the contribution
Internal Migration and Mental Health - Relevant Factors 20 and 30 years after Unification
Results of a Longitudinal Study in German


Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)199-206
Number of pages8
JournalPsychotherapie, Psychosomatik, medizinische Psychologie : PPmP
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2022

External IDs

Scopus 85120042900
PubMed 34820821
WOS 000722003100005
Mendeley e17984b5-54d6-3f43-993d-37a2bfff51f0
ORCID /0000-0002-1491-9195/work/142255957


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  • Humans, Longitudinal Studies, Mental Disorders/epidemiology, Mental Health, Psychological Distress, Longitudinal, Mental health, Internal migration, Mediation, Saxon longitudinal study, Internal migration, Longitudinal, Mediation, Mental health, Saxon longitudinal study

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