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Open Access The Health Beliefs of Old Order Mennonite Women in Rural Ontario, Canada Les croyances en matière de santé des femmes du Vieil Ordre Mennonite de l'Ontario rural au Canada

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Abstract:

The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore women's health issues in a closed, ethno-religious Old Order Mennonite (OOM) community in rural Ontario, Canada. This is the first time that conservative OOM women from this community, who speak Pennsylvania Deutsch, a High German dialect, have participated in health research. The theoretical framework of "place effects" on health is used to examine how OOM women perceive their health in an environmentally contaminated area. The authors conclude that the belief system and attachment to place developed through the religious socialization of these rural OOM women have created a presumed sanctified space protected from the health effects of a highly contaminated environment. They refer to this phenomenon as "belief-informed place effects."

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Cette étude qualitative vise à explorer les questions de santé touchant les femmes appartenant au Vieil Ordre Mennonite, une communauté ethno-religieuse fermée établie en Ontario rural au Canada. C'est la première fois que des femmes issues de ce groupe, qui parle l'allemand pennsylvanien, un dialecte du haut allemand, participent à un projet de recherche sur la santé. Les auteures s'appuient sur un cadre d'analyse des effets du lieu sur la santé pour étudier les perceptions de ces femmes vivant dans une région où l'environnement est contaminé. Elles concluent que la socialisation religieuse a inculqué chez elles un système de croyances ainsi qu'un attachement au lieu qui les amènent à considérer ce dernier comme un espace sanctifié, qui serait protégé des effets sur la santé que peut entraîner un milieu hautement toxique. Un phénomène que les auteures décrivent comme « les effets du lieu modelés par les croyances ».

Keywords: ETHNOGRAPHY; OLD ORDER MENNONITE; PENNSYLVANIA DEUTSCH; PLACE; RURAL; WOMEN'S HEALTH

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2010

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