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Document Type:Latin Dissertation
Language of Document:English
Record Number:53017
Doc. No:TL22971
Call number:‭1470435‬
Main Entry:Celeste Mitchell
Title & Author:Health beliefs of elderly southern Sudanese immigrantsCeleste Mitchell
College:University of Nebraska at Omaha
Date:2009
Degree:M.A.
student score:2009
Page No:119
Abstract:The objective of the present qualitative study is to explore the health beliefs of elderly southern Sudanese immigrants from the Nuer tribe living in Omaha, Nebraska, and Storm Lake, Iowa. Questions surrounding the health beliefs of this population arose when the author worked at a community program serving elderly Sudanese refugees. An elderly Sudanese woman with a shrunken, cloudy eye had headaches and was taking ibuprofen for the pain. This adaptivity to Western medicine piqued the author's interest. However, attempts to uncover literature about Sudanese health beliefs were to no avail. The present interviews with elderly members of the Nuer tribe reveal a reliance on God to stay healthy, avoid illness, and recover from sickness. In the Sudan where there were no doctors, people either survived or died from an illness. People often did not know what caused an illness, or even the name of an illness. Participants completely abandoned traditional treatments of bloodletting, animal sacrifice, and herbal medicine in the United States in favor of Western medicine. Due to the limited knowledge available about the topic and the recent influx of southern Sudanese war refugees to the United States, this researcher hopes to contribute insight that is not currently reported in the literature.
Subject:Health and environmental sciences; Social sciences; Aging and health; Cross-cultural gerontology; Ethnogerontology; Immigrants and refugees; Nuer; Sudanese; Black studies; Forensic anthropology; Gerontology; Aging; 0339:Forensic anthropology; 0351:Gerontology; 0325:Black studies; 0493:Aging
Added Entry:J. A. Thorson
Added Entry:University of Nebraska at Omaha