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Subject/Keyword
Health care
Interpretation
Multiculturalism
Healthy Immigrant Effect
Immigration
Acculturation
Canada
Culture
Settlement
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Chaudhuri, Sheel
Supervisor and department
Vallianatos, Helen (Anthropology)
Examining committee member and department
Raine, Kim (Health Promotion)
Ogilvie, Linda (Nursing)
Department
Centre for Health Promotion Studies
Specialization

Date accepted
2011-01-25T22:18:52Z
Graduation date
2011-06
Degree
Master of Science
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
I present a qualitative study investigating the self-perceived health of recently arrived Canadian immigrants. The study develops health promotion’s understanding of culture as a social determinant of health, and conceptually locates it within a broader context of psychosocial factors. The study involves semi-structured individual interviews focusing on self-perceived health and well-being. The sample group consists of recently arrived (within the last 10 years) adult immigrants between 23 and 46 years of age, from a variety of cultural backgrounds, who participate with the YMCA Cross Cultural & Community Services’ Host program in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. I also interview two YMCA settlement program supervisors who discuss health care issues facing Canadian newcomers. Newcomer self-expression contributes to a better understanding of the social and cultural determinants of the Healthy Immigrant Effect. This study represents a theoretically and empirically informed personal examination of Canadian multiculturalism from a public health research perspective.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R39647
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License granted by Sheel Chaudhuri (sheel@ualberta.ca) on 2011-01-25 (GMT): Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of the above terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis, and except as herein provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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