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Primary Health Care Nurses’ conceptions of involuntarily migrated families’ health
Department of Health Sciences, Kristianstad University, Kristianstad.
Division of Nursing, Department of Health Sciences, Lund University, Lund.
Halmstad University, School of Social and Health Sciences (HOS).
2006 (English)In: International Nursing Review, ISSN 0020-8132, E-ISSN 1466-7657, Vol. 53, no 4, p. 301-307Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.

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Blackwell Publishing, 2006. Vol. 53, no 4, p. 301-307
Keywords [en]
Involuntary migration, Phenomenography, Primary Health Care, Sweden, Transition
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-1321DOI: 10.1111/j.1466-7657.2006.00498.xISI: 000241736300021PubMedID: 17083420Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-33750576852Local ID: 2082/1700OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-1321DiVA, id: diva2:238539
Available from: 2008-04-16 Created: 2008-04-16 Last updated: 2018-03-23Bibliographically approved

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