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Based on an assessment of low-income women’s support needs and preferences, an intervention was designed consisting of 14 weekly group support sessions encompassing peer and professional facilitators and volunteer buddies. Participants (n=44) completed a 13-item semi-structured qualitative...
Homeless youths are often vulnerable to limited support resources and loneliness. Peers are a potent source of social support. A support intervention for homeless youths was designed to optimize peer influence and was pilot tested. The intervention was based on an initial assessment of support...
Social support is important for health and well-being and has been associated with reduced isolation in rural communities. Support from family and friends may become increasingly important as one ages, and may enable some seniors to remain living in their communities. The purpose of this project...
Examining Resilience among University Students with Reading Difficulties Using Internal and External Protective FactorsDownload
This dissertation consists of three papers investigating the impact of intrapersonal and interpersonal factors on life satisfaction and academic achievement of adults with reading difficulty (RD). Participants were university students or recent graduates. The first paper examines the impact of...
The influence of teams, supervisors and organizations on healthcare practitioners' abilities to practice ethically.Download
Healthcare practitioners make many important ethical decisions in their day-to-day practices. Questions arising in daily practice require practitioners to make prudent, balanced and good decisions, which are most effectively made interpersonally and reflectively. It is commonly assumed that the...
Identifying gaps in asthma education, health promotion, and social support for Mi’kmaq families in Unama’ki (Cape Breton), Nova Scotia, Canada.Download
Introduction Asthma is the most common chronic condition affecting Aboriginal youth aged 8 to 12 years in Canada. Research investigating psychosocial challenges associated with asthma is limited. This study examines support resources, support-seeking strategies, support and education needs, and...
This mixed method thesis examined the relationship between social support and early engagement in residential addiction treatment. Study 1 involved a secondary data analysis of a prospective cohort of clients entering a residential addiction treatment program. The multivariate analyses tested...
Building Health Capability and Health Literacy: Exploring Social Support Experiences of Chinese International Students in a Canadian ContextDownload
The number of international students studying in Canada has been increasing rapidly in recent years. However at the time of writing, while literature was found on international students’ health related experiences in the US and other countries as well, it appeared that very few studies on this...
The purpose of this study was to determine figure skaters‟ perceptions regarding their injury experiences and the support provided by their coaches following their injuries. Eight female, competitive figure skaters were interviewed. The interview questions assessed the injury experience, the...
Seeking Help from Close, Same-Sex Friends: Relational Costs for Japanese and Personal Costs for European CanadiansDownload
Seeking help from close, same-sex friends can be costly because the act of seeking help sometimes involves the admission of incompetence (i.e., personal costs) and the disruption to close friendships (i.e., relational costs; cf. Fisher, Nadler, & Whicher-Alagna, 1983). Past research suggested...