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The Intersection between Culture and Postpartum Mental Health: An Ethnography of Bhutanese Refugee Women in Edmonton, AB

  • Author / Creator
    Davey, Christina
  • 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:

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  • Graduation date
    2013-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3S11Q
  • 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 Anthropology
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Vallianatos, Helen (Anthropology)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Palmer, Andie (Anthropology)
    • Vallianatos, Helen (Anthropology)
    • Kaler, Amy (Sociology)