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Primary Health Care Nurses' conceptions of involuntarily migrated families' health

Samarasinghe, Kerstin LU ; Fridlund, Bengt LU and Arvidsson, B (2006) In International Nursing Review 53(4). p.301-307
Abstract
Background: Involuntary migration and adaptation to a new cultural environment is known to be a factor of psychological stress. Primary Health Care Nurses (PHCNs) frequently interact with refugee families as migrant health needs are mainly managed within Primary Health Care. Aim: To describe the health of the involuntary migrated family in transition as conceptualized by Swedish PHCNs. Method: Thirty-four PHCNs from two municipalities in Sweden were interviewed and phenomenographical contextual analysis was used in analysing the data. Findings: Four family profiles were created, each epitomizing the health characteristics of a migrated family in transition: (1) a mentally distressed family wedged in the asylum-seeking process, (2) an... (More)
Background: Involuntary migration and adaptation to a new cultural environment is known to be a factor of psychological stress. Primary Health Care Nurses (PHCNs) frequently interact with refugee families as migrant health needs are mainly managed within Primary Health Care. Aim: To describe the health of the involuntary migrated family in transition as conceptualized by Swedish PHCNs. Method: Thirty-four PHCNs from two municipalities in Sweden were interviewed and phenomenographical contextual analysis was used in analysing the data. Findings: Four family profiles were created, each epitomizing the health characteristics of a migrated family in transition: (1) a mentally distressed family wedged in the asylum-seeking process, (2) an insecure family with immigrant status, (3) a family with internal instability and segregated from society, and (4) a stable and well-functioning family integrated in society. Contextual socio-environmental stressors such as living in uncertainty awaiting asylum, having unprocessed traumas, change of family roles, attitudes of the host country and social segregation within society were found to be detrimental to the well-being of the family. Conclusion: Acceptance and a clear place in society as well as clearly defined family roles are crucial in facilitating a healthy transition for refugee families. Primary Health Care Nursing can facilitate this by adopting a family system perspective in strengthening the identity of the families and reducing the effects of socio-environmental stressors. (Less)
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primary health, phenomenography, nursing, family, involuntary migration, care, Sweden, transition
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International Nursing Review
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53
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301 - 307
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Wiley-Blackwell
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0020-8132
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10.1111/j.1466-7657.2006.00498.x
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English
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  author       = {Samarasinghe, Kerstin and Fridlund, Bengt and Arvidsson, B},
  issn         = {0020-8132},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {301--307},
  publisher    = {Wiley-Blackwell},
  series       = {International Nursing Review},
  title        = {Primary Health Care Nurses' conceptions of involuntarily migrated families' health},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1466-7657.2006.00498.x},
  doi          = {10.1111/j.1466-7657.2006.00498.x},
  volume       = {53},
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