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My heart has no hurt: The health of young immigrants
Public Health Center, Norrbotten County Council, Luleå, Sweden.
Health Counselor in Luleå, Luleå, Sweden.
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI), Health and Sport.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1673-2850
Department of Health Sciences, Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden.
2018 (English)In: International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, ISSN 1747-9894, E-ISSN 2042-8650, Vol. 14, no 3, p. 290-304Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore health from the perspective of young immigrants in Sweden.

Design/methodology/approach: A total of 25 newly arrived young immigrants attending Swedish language classes in northern Sweden participated by drawing and writing open letters. They continued the open-ended sentence “Now I’ll draw and describe a day when I was feeling good, that was […].”

Findings: The phenomenological analysis resulted in three themes: longing to be in control for a better life, searching for power in the good and the bad, and striving for a sense of belonging in the new society. The findings illuminate young immigrants’ perspectives of a health-promoting everyday life consisting of agency, reflection and a sense of community. The findings also highlight the young immigrants’ experiences when health-promoting aspects are lacking, characterized by disillusionment, anxiety and loneliness. The findings are discussed with health promotion, health literacy and young immigrants in mind.

Practical implications: According to young immigrants, meeting basic needs such as food, sleep and housing is health promoting but easily taken for granted. Being able to have a say in matters concerning everyday life, social inclusion and finding power in memories – positive and negative – can promote health in young immigrants.

Originality/value: The young immigrants were able to communicate via drawings and words to overcome language barriers. © 2018, Emerald Publishing Limited.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2018. Vol. 14, no 3, p. 290-304
Keywords [en]
Health promotion, Health, Immigrants, Health literacy, Agency, Qualitative method
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International Migration and Ethnic Relations
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-37689DOI: 10.1108/IJMHSC-02-2018-0004ISI: 000444238100006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85052139558OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-37689DiVA, id: diva2:1237516
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Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
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Funding: the Swedish National Agency for Education, The Public Health Center at Norrbotten County Council, the Department of Health Science at Luleå University of Technology, and the School of Health and Welfare at Halmstad University. Additionally, the authors appreciate Riksbankens Jubileumsfond - the Swedish Foundations for Humanities and Social Science - enabling this study by their financing of the national Flexit research program.

Available from: 2018-08-09 Created: 2018-08-09 Last updated: 2018-09-27Bibliographically approved

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