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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...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
In this paper, we argue for the concurrent and comparative use of genograms and ecomaps in family caregiving research. A genogram is graphic portrayal of the composition and structure of one’s family and an ecomap is a graphic portrayal of a person or family’s social relationships. Although...
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...
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...
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...