The author reports on a study investigating the question of whether
certain phases of resettlement are accompanied by an elevated risk for
depression in Southeast Asian refugees in Canada. In general, the longer
the Southeast Asian refugees remained in Canada, the better their mental
health. However, unmarried or otherwise unattached Laotians and Vietnamese
refugees experienced high levels of depression 10-12 months after arrival.
Two years after the initial investigation, this group, disadvantaged by a
lack of social resources, continued to be more depressed than other