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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/4265

Title: Overcoming adversity: resilience & coping mechanisms developed by recent immigrant women living in the inner city of Calgary, Alberta
Authors: Graham, Jennifer
Thurston, Wilfreda
Keywords: MIGRATION, IMMIGRANT WOMEN, INNER CITY, COPING MECHANISMS
Issue Date: May-2005
Publisher: Pristine Publishing
Citation: Women's Health and Urban Life. 4(1):63-80
Abstract: This article explores the resilience and coping mechanisms used by urban immigrant women to mediate gender, migration, socioeconomic conditions, locality and health. A purposive sample of eleven women who had recently immigrated to Canada was interviewed. Despite added stress, guilt and frustration of migration the women demonstrated agency and resiliency, enabling them to develop effective coping strategies. Life in the inner city was described as convenient upon first arrival, however, the inner city neighbourhood did not constitute a community for any of the women. Strong network-building skills enabled them to reach beyond the inner city and identify other coping strategies. While services for immigrants tend to be located centrally, in this case the inner city was generally considered a transient place for recent immigrant women and their families.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/4265
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