How the Strong Survive: Health as Expanding Consciousness and the Life Experiences of Black Caribbean Women

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/163160
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
How the Strong Survive: Health as Expanding Consciousness and the Life Experiences of Black Caribbean Women
Author(s):
Peters-Lewis, Angelleen
Author Details:
Angelleen Peters-Lewis, RN, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, email: apeterslewis@partners.org
Abstract:
Purpose: The purpose of this qualitative research study was to answer the research questions: What is the pattern of Health as Expanding Consciousness in Black Caribbean women living in the United States? What is the pattern of Health as Expanding Consciousness across members in a community of Black Caribbean Women? Background: Racial health disparities persist despite the dissemination of research findings about this phenomenon. There is a need for a new approach to uncovering knowledge about Black Caribbeans from a different perspective. To date there have been no studies that have examined the meaning and pattern of health in the Black Caribbean community. Methods (Design, Participants, Setting, Data Collection, Analytic approach): Margaret Newman's Theory of Health as Expanding Consciousness provided the theoretical framework used to guide the study. The study sample included fifteen Black women in Massachusetts who self-identified as Caribbean people. Results: Individual patterns showed evolution to higher levels of consciousness in the mist of chaos, disorganization, and tragedy. Five themes emerged across participants 1) "Perseverance, Resilience, and Strength in the Face of Chaos, Disorganization, and Tragedy". 2) "Being Raised by the Village: The Pattern of Connection, Disconnection, and the Caribbean culture". 3) "Trusting in the Power of God: Seeing New possibilities and Accelerated Transformation". 4) "Migration and Racism: The American Tragedy" depicts participant's introduction and experience with race and racism upon entering the United States. 5) "The Veil of Secrecy and Silence: Protecting my Abuser and Competing with the Other Woman". Conclusions and Implications: The study provides a new way of understanding populations at risk for poor health outcomes and offers a new strategy to consider around managing racial health disparities. Findings from this research have important implications for nursing theory, practice, research, education, administration and healthcare policy.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2007
Conference Name:
19th Annual Scientific Sessions
Conference Host:
Eastern Nursing Research Society
Conference Location:
Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Description:
Conference theme: Building Communities of Scholarship and Research, held April 12-14, 2007 at The Westin Providence.
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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleHow the Strong Survive: Health as Expanding Consciousness and the Life Experiences of Black Caribbean Womenen_GB
dc.contributor.authorPeters-Lewis, Angelleenen_US
dc.author.detailsAngelleen Peters-Lewis, RN, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, email: apeterslewis@partners.orgen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/163160-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: The purpose of this qualitative research study was to answer the research questions: What is the pattern of Health as Expanding Consciousness in Black Caribbean women living in the United States? What is the pattern of Health as Expanding Consciousness across members in a community of Black Caribbean Women? Background: Racial health disparities persist despite the dissemination of research findings about this phenomenon. There is a need for a new approach to uncovering knowledge about Black Caribbeans from a different perspective. To date there have been no studies that have examined the meaning and pattern of health in the Black Caribbean community. Methods (Design, Participants, Setting, Data Collection, Analytic approach): Margaret Newman's Theory of Health as Expanding Consciousness provided the theoretical framework used to guide the study. The study sample included fifteen Black women in Massachusetts who self-identified as Caribbean people. Results: Individual patterns showed evolution to higher levels of consciousness in the mist of chaos, disorganization, and tragedy. Five themes emerged across participants 1) "Perseverance, Resilience, and Strength in the Face of Chaos, Disorganization, and Tragedy". 2) "Being Raised by the Village: The Pattern of Connection, Disconnection, and the Caribbean culture". 3) "Trusting in the Power of God: Seeing New possibilities and Accelerated Transformation". 4) "Migration and Racism: The American Tragedy" depicts participant's introduction and experience with race and racism upon entering the United States. 5) "The Veil of Secrecy and Silence: Protecting my Abuser and Competing with the Other Woman". Conclusions and Implications: The study provides a new way of understanding populations at risk for poor health outcomes and offers a new strategy to consider around managing racial health disparities. Findings from this research have important implications for nursing theory, practice, research, education, administration and healthcare policy.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:02:26Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:02:26Z-
dc.conference.date2007en_US
dc.conference.name19th Annual Scientific Sessionsen_US
dc.conference.hostEastern Nursing Research Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationProvidence, Rhode Island, USAen_US
dc.descriptionConference theme: Building Communities of Scholarship and Research, held April 12-14, 2007 at The Westin Providence.en_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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