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Exploring the Attitudes, Beliefs and Practices Concerning Mental Health Amongst African Immigrant Youth Living in Canada: An Interpretive Description Study

Exploring the Attitudes, Beliefs and Practices Concerning Mental Health Amongst African Immigrant Youth Living in Canada: An Interpretive Description Study

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Title: Exploring the Attitudes, Beliefs and Practices Concerning Mental Health Amongst African Immigrant Youth Living in Canada: An Interpretive Description Study
Author: Olawo, Omolola Olumayowa
Abstract: There has been limited research in Canada on the mental health of African immigrant youth. An Interpretive Description methodology was utilized to interview eight African immigrant youth on their attitudes and beliefs towards mental health, their mental health practices, and factors affecting their mental health. Themes that were identified surrounded transitioning into adulthood, between geographical locations, and between identities; protective factors, including resilience, religion, and hyper-masculinity, and the differing immigration experiences of African immigrant youth. This research brings attention to intersectional factors that play a role in the mental health of African immigrant youth, as well as gender differences in their mental health experiences. It also highlights the need for cultural humility in care as well as the importance of
critical inquiry when interacting with immigrant populations. Implications for practice and future research are suggested to help advocate for and effectively treat African immigrant youth
experiencing mental health challenges.
Subject: Nursing
Keywords: African Immigrants
Youth
African mental health
Mental health
Interpretive description
African immigrant youth
Cultural humility
Nursing
Immigrant mental health
Immigrant youth
Marginalized populations
Type: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
Rights: Author owns copyright, except where explicitly noted. Please contact the author directly with licensing requests.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/35557
Supervisor: Pilkington, Beryl F.
Degree: MScN - Master of Science in Nursing
Program: Nursing
Exam date: 2018-08-16
Publish on: 2018-11-21

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