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dc.contributor.author Gudmundson, Susan Jane en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-12-03T19:14:56Z
dc.date.available 2009-12-03T19:14:56Z
dc.date.issued 1991-08-01-01:09T00:00:00Z en_US
dc.identifier ocm72815624 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/3615
dc.description.abstract Health promotion and illness prevention programs are often designed using a definition of health that is not sensitive to gender, age, or culture. Yet, the Canadian government recognizes that effective health programs must have thoughtful regard for such variables. Women's definitions of health, spoken by and for women from their own experience, have not been systematically explored. Most women's health-related research is designed to depict women's health in terms of performance of social roles, from a biomedical perspective, and is usually focused on young women in the childbearing years. This narrow conceptualization of women's health precludes older, healthy women from articulating a vision of health based on their own experience. Women have been acknowledged as the primary guardians of health for their families and communities. The Icelandic-Canadian community has successfully sustained itself within Manitoba mosaic, therefore we must assume the Icelandic-Canadian women were, and continue to be, instrumental in the survival of the Icelandic-Canadian culture. This study explored and described Icelandic-Canadian middle-aged women's perceptions of health, their health needs and factors that influenced their health through their own experience with health. Twelve informants were interviewed and through a qualitative feminist analysis three themes emerged that enhance understanding of health from a middle-aged women's perspective. The three themes are: (a) health as the power of positive thinking, (b) health as autonomy, and (c) health as caring for the self and others. The informants advanced multi-dimensional definitions of health accentuating the minor role biological health plays in their health perceptions. The informants also experienced the phenomenon of the double-bind and other-centeredness that encouraged them to assume personal responsibility for their own health, and the health and happiness of others. However, through resourceful adaptation and subversion, the informants achieved a level of self-determination. en_US
dc.format.extent 261 [i.e. 263] leaves : en_US
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dc.language en en_US
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.rights The reproduction of this thesis has been made available by authority of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private study and research, and may only be reproduced and copied as permitted by copyright laws or with express written authorization from the copyright owner. en_US
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.title Middle-aged Icelandic-Canadian women's perceptions of health, their health needs and factors that influence health en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis
dc.degree.discipline Nursing en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Nursing (M.N.) en_US


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