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Social Support Intervention to Improve Resilience and Quality of Life of Women Living in Urban Karachi, Pakistan: A Randomized Controlled TrialDownload
Although the World Health Organization has declared that there is “no health without mental health”, mental health still does not receive its due recognition by stakeholders and health care systems around the world. The rising global burden of mental health disorders among women is a serious...
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...
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...
Throughout the twentieth century, tuberculosis (TB) was and continues to be a pressing health problem facing Canadians. Aboriginal peoples living in Canada carry a large burden of the disease with those living in the Prairie Provinces facing TB rates consistently higher than the national average....
Approximately 15 million people worldwide experience stroke annually, of which ﬁve million are left permanently disabled, creating a need for long term support from family and community services. This sudden, unplanned and unpredictable event can have a devastating effect on the mental and...
Psychosocial Factors Related to Participation and Other Outcomes in Patients with Persistent Back PainDownload
Background: Persistent back pain is a debilitating problem that can threaten many aspects of affected individualsâ lives, including engagement in valued social roles (i.e., participation). Related research often focuses on studying vulnerabilities and deficits, rather than the psychosocial...