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An autoethnographic study of the legacies of collective trauma experienced by Russian Mennonite women who immigrated to Canada after WWII: implications on aging and the next generation

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dc.contributor.supervisor Cheung, Maria (Social Work) en_US
dc.contributor.author Krahn, Elizabeth
dc.date.accessioned 2011-09-01T16:06:04Z
dc.date.available 2011-09-01T16:06:04Z
dc.date.issued 2011-09-01
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/4821
dc.description.abstract This thesis explores lifespan and intergenerational trauma effects experienced by Russian Mennonite women who fled from Stalinist Russia during WWII and migrated to Canada, and adult sons or daughters of this generation of women. As an adult child of survivors, I employed an autoethnographic methodology, conducting 1-on-1 interviews with eight women aged 78 to 96, and seven adult children aged 50 to 68. Older women demonstrated a lifelong emphasis on mental strength, faith, and resilience; the marginalization of emotions; evidence of insecure attachment styles; and potential for unresolved trauma to resurface in later life. The majority of adult children experienced attachment and identity issues; their life experiences are viewed through the lens of biological, psychological, familial, cultural (religious) transmission of trauma effects. Results highlight the importance of structural and narrative social work approaches that externalize and contextualize trauma and transform service environments that individualize and/or pathologize lifespan outcomes of trauma. en_US
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject Life course approach en_US
dc.subject Critical gerontology en_US
dc.subject Collective trauma en_US
dc.subject Migration en_US
dc.subject Russian Mennonite women en_US
dc.subject Mental health en_US
dc.subject Lifespan trauma effects en_US
dc.subject Intergenerational trauma transmission en_US
dc.subject Insecure attachment en_US
dc.subject Narrative approaches en_US
dc.subject Externalizing and contextualizing trauma en_US
dc.subject Structural social work en_US
dc.title An autoethnographic study of the legacies of collective trauma experienced by Russian Mennonite women who immigrated to Canada after WWII: implications on aging and the next generation en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis
dc.degree.discipline Social Work en_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Heinonen, Tuula (Social Work) Loewen, Royden (University of Winnipeg) en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) en_US
dc.description.note October 2011 en_US


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