By Abraham A. Weinberg
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Statistics and Reliability of Research Utmost caution is advisable in evaluating statistical compilations on the incidence of mental disturbances among immigrants as compared with native-born. This is evident from a critical expose given by Malzberg (1955). He states that the endogenous popUlations have lower rates of mental disturbances than intranational or international migrants. In his study he reviews the evidence with respect to differential rates among the native white and foreign-born white popUlations in the State of New York on 28 METHODOLOGY, THEORIES, FACTS the basis of average annual rates of first admissions to all mental hospitals in the state during the three years 1939-41.
Menges finds our distinction between "voluntary migration" and "involuntary immigration" confusing; we shall return to this difference of opinion. " His term "emigrability" may be of use as an overall-term for the personal adjustment of the emigrant to his new surround- 26 METHODOLOGY, THEORIES, FACTS ings leading to eventual integration. He discusses the event of emigration against the background of changes in the personal atmosphere, in the family atmosphere, in the occupational atmosphere and in the atmosphere of norms and values, and some aspects of the influence of climatological changes, housing changes and crossing to the new country.
Among them are found idealists, adventurers and persons who are unable to identify themselves with the ideological, reli1 For references see Hofstee. PREVIOUS RESEARCH 37 gious and political conceptions of the community in which they are living. Conditions of living and accepted values of the community may change to a degree that also mentally healthy persons may prefer to move to another country where they expect to be able to live according to their own conceptions and ideals. This may be the case even when no direct persecution threatens their existence.