Health and Socio-Cultural Experiences of Refugee Women: An Integrative Review

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Shishehgar, Sara, Gholizadeh, Leila, DiGiacomo, Michelle, Green, Anna and Davidson, Patricia M.. 2017. "Health and Socio-Cultural Experiences of Refugee Women: An Integrative Review." Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. 19 (4), pp. 959-973. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10903-016-0379-1
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Health and Socio-Cultural Experiences of Refugee Women: An Integrative Review

ERA Journal ID13653
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsShishehgar, Sara (Author), Gholizadeh, Leila (Author), DiGiacomo, Michelle (Author), Green, Anna (Author) and Davidson, Patricia M. (Author)
Journal TitleJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Journal Citation19 (4), pp. 959-973
Number of Pages15
Year2017
Place of PublicationUnited States
ISSN1096-4045
1557-1912
1557-1920
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s10903-016-0379-1
Web Address (URL)https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10903-016-0379-1
Abstract

Approximately half of the global refugee population are women, yet they remain largely understudied from the perspective of gender. The aim of this review was to investigate the impact of refugee women’s resettlement and socio-cultural experiences on their health. This review also explored factors promoting resilience in refugee women. Eight databases were searched for peer-reviewed manuscripts published from 2005 to 2014. Grey literature was also reviewed. Data were extracted for population, data collection methods, data analysis, and findings. The Resource-Based Model was used as an overarching framework for data synthesis. Following the screening of titles and abstracts, 20 studies met the study inclusion criteria. Cultural factors, social and material factors, personal factors, and resilience factors were identified as main themes influencing the health of refugee women. Promotion of factors that enables resettlement is important in promoting the health and wellbeing of refugee women.

KeywordsHealth; Integrative review; Refugee women; Socio-cultural
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020420606. Social determinants of health
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Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Technology Sydney
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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