Problems of Oriental Migrants as Clients of West-German Health Services

  • Uslu Eser
  • Wolfgang M. Pfeiffer


As can be derived from an inquiry conducted in Mannheim (HÄFNER 1980), guest workers call upon the help of a psychiatrist by far less frequently than German of the corresponding age group. This can partly be attributed to the fact that there is a lower frequency of major psychiatric diseases, which ca be accounted for by the selection at the recruiting offices. On the other hand, a prospective study conducted among Turkish guest workers by HÄFNER, MOSCHEL and ÖZEK (1977) reveals that there are in fact a great many cases of minor depressive states in connection with vegetative symptomatology: during the first 18 months after their arrival in Germany one third of the examined group was affected by such disturbances. This is an obvious indication that these people experience their social and mental difficulties largely as a physical suffering and consequently seek physical treatment.


Physical Complaint German Hospital Turkish Patient German Patient Guest Worker 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Uslu Eser
    • 1
  • Wolfgang M. Pfeiffer
    • 2
  1. 1.Städt. KrankenhausBergkamenGermany
  2. 2.Medizinische PsychologieWestf. Wilhelms-UniversitätMünsterGermany

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