The Importance of Local and Global Social Ties for the Mental Health and Well-Being of Recently Resettled Refugee-Background Women in Australia

Loading...
Thumbnail Image
File version
Version of Record (VoR)
Author(s)
Murray, Kate E
Lenette, Caroline
Brough, Mark
Reid, Katherine
Correa-Velez, Ignacio
Vromans, Lyn
Schweitzer, Robert D
Griffith University Author(s)
Primary Supervisor
Other Supervisors
Editor(s)
Date
2022
Size
File type(s)
Location
License
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Abstract

Social connections are foundational to the human condition and are inherently disrupted when people are forcibly displaced from their home countries. At a time of record high global forced migration, there is value in better understanding how refugee-background individuals engage theirsocial supports or ties in resettlement contexts. A mixed methods research design aimed to understand the complexities of how 104 refugee-background women experienced their social networks in the first few months of resettlement in Australia. One of the research activities involved participants completing a survey with both quantitative and qualitative components. The quantitative analyses identified the impact of post-migration living difficulties that represented social stressors (worry about family, loneliness and boredom, feeling isolated, and racial discrimination) on the women’s mental health outcomes in the months following resettlement. The qualitative data highlighted the complexities of social relationships serving as both stressors and sources of support, and the importance of recognizing extended families and supports around the globe. The findings point to the need for nuanced accounts of the social contexts surrounding refugee resettlement as important influences able to promote trauma-informed and gender sensitive practices to support mental health and well-being in new settings.

Journal Title
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Conference Title
Book Title
Edition
Volume
Issue
Thesis Type
Degree Program
School
Publisher link
Patent number
Funder(s)
Grant identifier(s)
Rights Statement
© 2022 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Rights Statement
Item Access Status
Note
Access the data
Related item(s)
Subject
Human geography
Sociology
Psychology
Persistent link to this record
Citation
Murray, KE; Lenette, C; Brough, M; Reid, K; Correa-Velez, I; Vromans, L; Schweitzer, RD, The Importance of Local and Global Social Ties for the Mental Health and Well-Being of Recently Resettled Refugee-Background Women in Australia, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19 (17), pp. 10917
Collections