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

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

Authors

Diana M Kingsbury

Madhav P Bhatta

Aruna Khanal

Eric Jefferis

Jeffrey S Hallam



Abstract

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.

Citation

Kingsbury, D. M., Bhatta, M. P., Castellani, B., Khanal, A., Jefferis, E., & Hallam, J. S. (2018). Factors Associated with the Presence of Strong Social Supports in Bhutanese Refugee Women During Pregnancy. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 1-7. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10903-018-0790-x

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Jul 19, 2018
Publication Date 2018
Deposit Date Sep 24, 2018
Journal Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Print ISSN 1557-1912
Electronic ISSN 1557-1920
Publisher Springer
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 1-7
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s10903-018-0790-x
Publisher URL https://rdcu.be/9NcW