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Chinese Immigrants’ use of Human Services During the Transition to Parenthood

  • Author / Creator
    Svechnikova, Ksenia
  • The purpose of this study was to explore Chinese immigrants’ experiences with human services during the transition to parenthood. The data were generated through three rounds of individual interviews with six Chinese immigrant couples. Latent content analysis was used to identify primary patterns in the types and prevalence of services used by participants, their reasons for using human services, and the quality of their experiences with the services. The findings indicate that participants commonly used (a wide range of) health care services, while social services were not commonly used. When participants sought help from human services, it was mostly for their infants’ health-related issues. Overall, participants’ experiences with human services were positive. Services seemed to meet participants’ needs, providers were perceived as pleasant to interact with and most were easy to access. Finally, a language barrier to services was not a common experience for participants.

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  • Graduation date
    2012-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3W41P
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Human Ecology
  • Specialization
    • Family Ecology and Practice
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Williamson, Deanna (Human Ecology)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Kaysi Kushner (Nursing)
    • Maria Mayan (Extension)