Factors Associated with the Presence of Strong Social Supports in Bhutanese Refugee Women During Pregnancy.

Title

Factors Associated with the Presence of Strong Social Supports in Bhutanese Refugee Women During Pregnancy.

Creator

Kingsbury Diana M; Bhatta Madhav P; Castellani Brian; Khanal Aruna; Jefferis Eric; Hallam Jeffrey S

Publisher

Journal of immigrant and minority health

Date

2018
2018-07

Description

Social support may mitigate stress related to the refugee experience, including during resettlement. For refugee women, social support can play an important role during pregnancy. In-depth interviews were conducted within a sample of 45 Bhutanese refugee women. Perceived social support was measured using the Norbeck Social Support Questionnaire. Averaged social support scores are reported to account for personal network size. Participants were identified as "low support" and "high support" based on their reported score. The mean social support score reported was 18.9. Participants experiencing a secondary resettlement within the U.S. were 4.52 (95% CI 1.19-17.15) times as likely to report a "high support" network compared to participants who resettled directly from Nepal. Personal social networks are an important source of support for resettled refugee women during pregnancy in the U.S.. Refugee women who experience secondary resettlement may perceive stronger support from their personal connections.

Subject

Maternal and child health; Public health; Refugee health; Social support

Rights

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Citation

Kingsbury Diana M; Bhatta Madhav P; Castellani Brian; Khanal Aruna; Jefferis Eric; Hallam Jeffrey S, “Factors Associated with the Presence of Strong Social Supports in Bhutanese Refugee Women During Pregnancy.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed November 29, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/3234.

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