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Subject/Keyword
Social Support
Refugees
Bhutan
Culture
Postpartum
Gender
Mental Health
Nepal
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Davey, Christina
Supervisor and department
Vallianatos, Helen (Anthropology)
Examining committee member and department
Palmer, Andie (Anthropology)
Vallianatos, Helen (Anthropology)
Kaler, Amy (Sociology)
Department
Department of Anthropology
Specialization

Date accepted
2013-10-02T07:36:17Z
Graduation date
2013-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
This thesis is an ethnography of postpartum mental health outcomes in a group of Bhutanese refugee women living in Edmonton, AB. Previous research has shown that refugee women are at a higher risk of postpartum depression than Canadian-born women. Despite this finding, the postpartum experiences and unique needs of refugee women remain poorly understood. Utilizing an anthropological approach, I aim to fill this gap by investigating women's own perceptions and understandings of their postpartum wellness. I focus on examining and explaining the complex intersections between selfhood, wellness, gender, family and community in Bhutanese women's responses to childbirth and the ways in which those relationships change or persist in the face of migration. I interpret Bhutanese women's resilient and strong postpartum responses through these interconnected cultural variables, establishing the vital role that culture plays in postpartum mental health. Keywords:
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3S11Q
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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 these terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis and, except as herein before 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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