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dc.contributor.author Toth, Judith Sandra en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-12-09T16:43:42Z
dc.date.available 2009-12-09T16:43:42Z
dc.date.issued 2003-08-01-01:09T00:00:00Z en_US
dc.identifier (Sirsi) AQA-1654 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/3801
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this descriptive study was to explore resilience in the lives of immigrant and refugee women who have come to Canada in the last 5 years. The study focuses on their strengths, the factors that have affected their ability to cope with adversity and maintain their health, and the changes they feel are needed to create an environment that is conducive to their health. The theoretical perspectives underlying the relationship between health promotion and resilience, within a feminist research paradigm, provide the conceptual framework for this study. The qualitative method used was women-centred interviewing of a purposive sample of 6 immigrant and refugee women living in Winnipeg. Content analysis of the verbatim transcripts revealed the following themes: language barriers, discrimination, social isolation, optimism, adaptability, perseverance, social support and familiarity, reaching out to newcomers, and recognition of existing skills and knowledge. Social isolation was related to language barriers, cultural differences, racism, lack of leisure time, and the harsh winter climate. Social support was identified as a significant factor in the development of their personal strengths, which included optimism, adaptability and perseverance. Participants expressed a need for more opportunities and space for social contact, increased community outreach and acknowledgement of their education and employment skills. Implications for nursing education and practice, policy development and research are discussed. The study's recommendations incorporate the participants' suggested changes. en_US
dc.format.extent vii, 100 leaves : en_US
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dc.language 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 Resilience : the experience of immigrant and refugee women 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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