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Open Access Intersectionalities of Influence: Researching the Health of Immigrant and Refugee Women Intersectionalité d'influences : la recherche sur la santé des femmes immigrantes et réfugiées

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There is a growing recognition of the complexity surrounding multiple axes or dimensions of social identity and how they intersect to influence the health of immigrant and refugee women. The concept of intersectionalities of influence is particularly relevant in addressing diversity in nursing research. The purpose of this paper is to theorize and operationalize the concept in mental health promotion research with immigrant and refugee women. At the conceptual level, the authors propose an approach to inquiry that is informed by critical scholarship and draws from postcolonial and feminist perspectives. At the operational level, they apply an ecosystemic framework to help locate individual health issues within the familial, community, and social realms. They introduce Participatory Action Research as a way of putting these concepts into action within the research process. Their aim is to introduce a new way of inquiry that can benefit immigrant and refugee women while furthering the nursing agenda for community-based research.

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On s'entend aujourd'hui de plus en plus pour reconnaître la complexité qui caractérise de multiples axes ou dimensions de l'identité sociale et la façon dont ceux-ci se recoupent pour influer sur la santé des femmes immigrantes et réfugiées. Le concept d'intersectionalité d'influences est particulièrement approprié pour aborder la diversité dans le cadre de la recherche en sciences infirmières. L'objectif du présent article est d'élaborer une théorie sur ce concept et de le rendre opérationnel dans la recherche visant la promotion de la santé mentale chez les femmes immigrantes et réfugiées. Sur le plan conceptuel, les auteures proposent une méthode d'enquête qui est influencée par le savoir critique et qui puise à même la pensée post-coloniale et féministe. Sur le plan opérationnel, elles appliquent un cadre écosystémique afin de déterminer quels sont les problèmes de santé individuels dans les sphères familiale, communautaire et sociale. Elles présentent la recherche-action participative comme un moyen de mettre ces concepts en œuvre dans le processus de recherche. Leur objectif consiste à introduire un nouveau mode d'enquête qui s'avérera avantageux pour les femmes immigrantes et réfugiées tout en faisant progresser l'approche des sciences infirmières dans la recherche communautaire.

Keywords: CADRE ECOSYSTEMIQUE; ECOSYSTEMIC FRAMEWORK; FEMINIST; FEMINISTE; IMMIGRANT AND REFUGEE WOMEN'S HEALTH; INTERSECTIONALITE D'INFLUENCES; INTERSECTIONALITIES OF INFLUENCE; PARTICIPATORY ACTION; POST-COLONIAL; POSTCOLONIAL; RECHERCHE-ACTION PARTICIPATIVE; RESEARCH; SANTE DES FEMMES IMMIGRANTES ET REFUGIEES

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2004-09-01

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