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Health Care for Women International

Josephine B Etowa, Brenda L Beagan, Felicia Eghan, Wanda Thomas Bernard
The 'Strong Black Woman' (SBW) construct has been well-documented in the United States as both an aspirational icon and a constricting burden for African-heritage women. It has not been examined among African Canadians. Drawing on qualitative interviews and standardized measures with 50 African-heritage women in Eastern Canada, our analysis reveals their perceptions of the construct as both strongly endorsed as a source of cultural pride, yet also acknowledged to take a terrible toll on health and well-being...
February 2, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Sanaa Abujilban, Jamila Abuidhail, Lina Mrayan, Reem Hatamleh
Dissatisfied pregnant women who are at higher risk of negative outcomes perinatally have not been identified in Jordan. The purposes of the researchers were to identify and compare socio-demographic characteristics of satisfied pregnant women with dissatisfied pregnant women. A non-experimental, descriptive, comparative design was employed. Jordanian pregnant women (n = 203) were consecutively selected. We found that younger, better educated pregnant women, with high economic status and small number of children were more satisfied with their life...
February 2, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Ismael Jiménez Ruiz, Pilar Almansa Martínez, Carolina Alcón Belchí
FGM is internationally considered an affront on human rights and an act of violence against women and young girls. Furthermore, it hierarchizes and perpetuates inequality and denies women and girls the right to physical and psychosexual integrity. The aim of this study is to detect the weak points and false premises underlying male justification of FGM and to present demythologization as a health education tool. We used a qualitative methodology with an ethonursing focus via semi-structured individual and group interviews in 25 men associated with FGM...
February 2, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Olayide Ogunsiji, Emma Clisdell
In this literature review, we present a synthesis of interventions for Intimate partner violence (IPV) among migrants. Searching through five databases for relevant articles published between 2005 and 2016, we report findings from ten relevant articles with focus on process, outcomes and challenges encountered. Our reported interventions mainly targeted survivors, perpetrators and primary level of prevention. The authors argued that grounding interventions on intimate partner violence within the cultural context of migrant population is crucial in increasing participants' engagement and obtaining a positive outcome...
February 2, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Sorayya Kheirouri, Mohammad Alizadeh
Data from 807 mothers in Iran delivering a singleton live infant and their offspring during the last two years up to August 2014 were collected from eight public health care centers and analyzed. Of women, 46.2% gained weight within the recommended range, 29.4% had inadequate and 24.4% had excessive gestational weight gain (GWG). Excessive GWG was more common among overweight and obese women, whereas inadequate GWG were prevalent among 50% of under and normal weight women. After adjusting for appropriate confounding factors the significant correlation was found between maternal anthropometric characteristics, folic acid intake during pregnancy and birth order with GWG...
January 10, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Sibel Ayhan, Fatma Gözükara, Ibrahim Koruk
Seasonal farmworkers are one of the groups that should be examined in terms of family planning method because low socio-economic levels, limited accommodation, and living conditions in agricultural areas can restrict workers' access to information and health services. The study was carried out to determine the effect of working environment in agriculture on female seasonal workers' choice of family planning method. This cross-sectional study was performed on 300 women. It was found that the working and living conditions in the agricultural sector forced women to change their family planning method...
January 4, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Michal Mahat-Shamir, Chaya Possick
In this qualitative study, we examine the experience of 13 Jewish Israeli women carriers of BRCA mutations following risk-reducing surgery. Thematic analysis of in-depth, semi-structured interview texts yielded three themes: (a) dialectic of vulnerability and control, (b) presentation of self as a "normal" woman, and (c) genetic chain of negative life events and guilt. Aspects of Israeli culture impacting participants' experiences are: personal and collective responsibility, the shift toward consumerism, and pro-natal ideology...
December 7, 2016: Health Care for Women International
Meaghan McGrath, Joan C Chrisler
Despite many medical advances, pregnant women with type-1 diabetes are still considered to be at high risk. Previous research suggests that physicians' focus on strict glycemic control and negative outcomes can result in fear and uncertainty about undertaking pregnancy. The present study was designed to gain insight into the lived pregnancy experiences of women with type-1 diabetes and to solicit their thoughts on what health care providers could do to assist them to have a healthy pregnancy. Ten U.S. women with type-1 diabetes who were currently pregnant and/or had previously given birth participated in structured interviews...
December 5, 2016: Health Care for Women International
Eleanor Krassen Covan
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February 2017: Health Care for Women International
Sara Dixon, Jaya A R Dantas
Postnatal depression (PND) is a common disorder that can be profoundly disabling for affected mothers and their infants. We reviewed published articles on the community-based management of PND in developing countries. Our aim was to propose recommendations to help women with PND. Various databases were searched for English articles from 2000 to 2014. Twelve articles met the selection criteria. We found that interventions involving cognitive behavioral therapy, infant stimulation, and problem solving can improve outcomes for PND...
February 2017: Health Care for Women International
Judith A MacDonnell, Mahdieh Dastjerdi, Nazilla Khanlou, Nimo Bokore, Wangari Tharao
Although immigrant women bear a disproportionate burden of chronic disease and mental health issues, limited research addresses how to promote their mental wellbeing. The authors first describe grounded theory findings from community-based focus group research with 57 racialized immigrant women in Toronto, Canada that used a critical gender and intersectional lens to explore the links among settlement, wellbeing, and activism. Secondly, a community mobilization strategy is described whereby racialized immigrant women discuss activism as a feature of wellbeing in various language communities while creating meaningful health promotion resources...
February 2017: Health Care for Women International
Karen Aroian, Nizam Uddin, Hazar Blbas
Using a stress and social support framework, this study explored the trajectory of depression in 388 married Arab immigrant women. The women provided three panels of data approximately 18 months apart. Depression at Time 3 was regressed on Time 1 depression, socio-demographic variables, and rate of change over time in stress and social support. The regression model was significant and accounted for 41.16% of the variation in Time 3 depression scores. Time 1 depression, English reading ability, husband's employment status, changes over time in immigration demands, daily hassles, and social support from friends were associated with Time 3 depression...
February 2017: Health Care for Women International
Soetrisno, Sri Sulistyowati, Adhitya Ardhianto, Syamsul Hadi
This study aims to analyze the effect of logotherapy on the expression of cortisol, HSP70, and the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) and to conduct pain assessments in advanced cervical cancer patients. We carried out this research through pretest-posttest control-group design on the expression of cortisol, HSP70, the BDI, and pain scales after a patient receives logotherapy treatment. Based on a comparative test conducted with the two groups before the treatment, there is no significant difference (p > .05)...
February 2017: Health Care for Women International
Gertrud Pfister, Kristine Rømer
This article explores women's lived experiences with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) on the basis of semistructured interviews with 21 Danish women. It provides insights about the problems that they experienced and how they coped with PCOS. The interviews revealed that they were highly influenced by society's femininity norms. Many of them perceived their bodies as "different" because of the symptoms of PCOS, namely, hirsutism. They used different strategies to live up to body ideals and cope with the symptoms...
February 2017: Health Care for Women International
Dellanira Valencia-Garcia, Deepa Rao, Lara Strick, Jane M Simoni
In Peru, HIV/AIDS is increasing among heterosexual women. In this qualitative study researchers examined HIV-related stigma among 14 women in Lima, Peru, who were HIV positive and at least 18 years of age. Data were analyzed using thematic analysis and indicated that women experienced stigma from health care providers. Two broad themes emerged from the data: forms of stigma and response to stigma. Within these themes, subthemes included maltreatment during care, neglect of patients' rights to confidentiality and privacy, and the process of women speaking out...
February 2017: Health Care for Women International
Ge Qian
In this article, the researcher presents linear regression models that describe how five gender-equality indexes affect individuals' perceptions of well-being and happiness, controlling for their economic income and weighed by the population of the countries that contribute to the models. The logical premise of this study is that gender equality is not only favorable for women, but it is also conducive to fostering the greatest level of happiness for all people. The researcher believes that most findings confirmed this assumption and the opinion of John Stuart Mill regarding gender equality, while two exceptions are explained by social quality theory and the male breadwinner model...
February 2017: Health Care for Women International
Alexandre Teixeira, Alexandra Oliveira
We investigated suicidal behavior, mental health, and satisfaction with social support in 52 female street sex workers in Porto, Portugal, using the Suicidal Ideation Questionnaire, the Social Support Satisfaction Scale, and structured interviews. Almost half our interviewees (46.15%) reported high suicidal ideation and 44.2% had made at least one suicide attempt. Most had a mental health diagnosis, most commonly depression (88.2%). Social support and suicidal ideation were moderately negatively correlated...
February 2017: Health Care for Women International
Eleanor Krassen Covan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: Health Care for Women International
Stella K Muthuri, Maharouf Oyolola, Cheikh Faye
Single motherhood exposes women to poorer socioeconomic and health outcomes, which may also negatively impact child outcomes. The Demographic and Health Surveys of 1989, 1993, 1998, 2003, and 2009 were used to investigate trends over time and factors associated with single motherhood in Kenya. Urban residence, older age, and poorer economic status were associated with single motherhood over time. Women with more than one child, and those with children under 15 years living at home were less likely to be single mothers...
January 2017: Health Care for Women International
Adeniyi Francis Fagbamigbe, Erhabor Sunday Idemudia
Antenatal care (ANC) utilization is lower in Nigeria than the African average. We investigated the relationship between wealth and utilization of ANC and also assessed other determinants associated with ANC utilization in Nigeria. Using data of the most recent births within 5 years prior to a 2012 nationally representative survey, we modeled predictors of ANC utilization. Respondents in the wealthiest quintile were over five times (aOR = 5.5 (95% CI: 4.2-7.2) more likely to adequately use ANC. The odds of ANC use were generally lower among the poor and the least educated women living in rural areas who need ANC the most...
January 2017: Health Care for Women International
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