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Document Type:Latin Dissertation
Language of Document:English
Record Number:54436
Doc. No:TL24390
Call number:‭3273573‬
Main Entry:Anmol Satiani
Title & Author:South Asian immigrant women's indigenous understandings and beliefs about suffering and healing: A narrative approachAnmol Satiani
College:Boston College
Date:2007
Degree:Ph.D.
student score:2007
Page No:298
Abstract:This inductive study explored the indigenous understandings and beliefs about suffering and healing of a sample of South Asian immigrant women. All seven of the participants had immigrated to the U.S. in the last ten years from South Asian countries, were of working class backgrounds, ranged in age and relationship status, and spoke English, Hindi, or Urdu in the interviews. Three participants identified as Muslim, three as Hindu, and one as Christian. I utilized a constructivist and interpretivist approach in order to help researchers and clinicians to identify healing systems of South Asian immigrants "from the inside" through in-depth, first-person accounts. I conducted two interviews with all but one participant in order to understand their beliefs about suffering and strategies that they employed to survive, cope, and/or move toward healing. Narrative analysis was used as a research strategy because it allows the researcher to systematically study individuals' constructions of events and experiences with a focus on how they make meaning of events in their lives (Riessman, 1989, 1993). I organized the findings into two sections. The first was concerned with sources of suffering, which included the transformation of these participants' families, variations on this theme, and gendered and cultural dislocation as evidenced through stories of gendered forced migration and oppressions in the U.S. The second section examined how these women narrated their strategies for survival, coping, and/or movement toward healing in the U.S. Resources discussed were various forms of relationships, including relationships with God and the supernatural, family, and community and systems, for example, participating in centers serving South Asians. Some participants also discussed other strategies related to memory, psychotherapy, and listening. This research contributes importantly to theory, research, and practice. These participants' stories offer insights about how these women conceptualized suffering and how we might develop theory about suffering and potential resources for this group. Implications for researchers, service providers, including mental health professionals, and program developers or directors are discussed.
Subject:Social sciences; Psychology; Asian; Beliefs; Healing; Immigrant; Indigenous; Narrative; Suffering; Women; Social psychology; Womens studies; Psychotherapy; Minority & ethnic groups; Sociology; 0453:Womens studies; 0631:Sociology; 0631:Minority & ethnic groups; 0622:Psychotherapy; 0451:Social psychology
Added Entry:M. B. Lykes
Added Entry:Boston College