Babatunde-Sowole, O, DiGiacomo, M, Power, T, Davidson, P & Jackson, D 2020, 'Resilience of African migrant women: implications for mental health practice', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, vol. 29, pp. 92-92.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Migrants from areas affected by war, especially refugee migrants, are susceptible to mental health issues. In addition to recognising trauma, health professionals, such as mental health nurses, need to be aware of the strength and resilience of refugees and migrants. The capacity to provide trauma-informed-care that is shaped by the recognition of clients’ strength and resilience is required/paramount to meet the current demand of multiculturalism emanating from increased global migration. To facilitate increased awareness about West African women’s resilience prior to migration and support trauma-informed care, we used a qualitative strengths-based storytelling approach with 22 West African women residing in Sydney, Australia. Thematic analysis of the women’s stories identified two major themes: when the world falls apart and battered but strong. Findings revealed that past personal experiences significantly influenced participants’ strength and resilience and contributed to their mental health. Mental health professionals such as nurses can play an important role by incorporating knowledge about the resilience of migrants and refugees into providing appropriate trauma-informed-care.
Babatunde-Sowole, OO, Power, T, Davidson, PM, DiGiacomo, M & Jackson, D 2020, 'Health screening and preventative health care in refugee women: A qualitative analysis', Contemporary Nurse.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2020, © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Background: Regular health screening provides opportunities for early detection and effective treatment of disease. There is underutilisation of health services by migrants from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, particularly refugees in Australia. Aim: To explore the beliefs, understandings, and use of health and healthcare screening services among African refugee women living in Australia. Design/Method: Qualitative secondary analysis. Method: Oral narratives derived from two primary qualitative datasets of Sub-Saharan women in New South Wales, Australia, underwent secondary thematic analysis. Findings: Twenty-two of the forty-two women had refugee status on migrating to Australia. Thematic findings reflection of misinformation, low health literacy, and health screening as not a priority. Conclusions: There is an urgent need to develop innovative strategies to engage refugee migrant women in health screening by provision of culturally meaningful health information. Relevance to clinical practice: Including refugee women’s suggestions for information to be provided by health services may improve attitudes towards screening and preventative health care.
Babatunde-Sowole, O, Power, TJ, Davidson, PM, Ballard, C & Jackson, D 2018, 'Exploring the diet and lifestyle changes contributing to weight gain among Australian West African women following migration: A qualitative study', Contemporary Nurse, vol. 54, no. 2, pp. 150-159.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Aims and objectives: This paper reports on women’s experiences of weight gain and obesity as they became acculturated to the Australian diet and lifestyle.
Background: Migrants from sub-Saharan Africa have a much higher risk of obesity than the native population when settling in industrialised countries.
Results: Women in this study reported weight gain post-migration. This was attributed to increased access to a wide variety of food including takeaway food and more sedentary lifestyles.
Conclusions: Obesity has long-term consequences for health and well-being. Further research is needed to support a healthy transition to life in Australia.
Relevance to clinical practice: Gaining insight into the underlying reasons that West African immigrants to Australia become obese could contribute to assisting health professionals design culturally appropriate interventions and health education programmes to support new arrivals.
Babatunde-Sowole, OO, Jackson, D, Davidson, PM & Power, T 2016, '“Coming to a Strange Land”: The West African Migrant Women’s Establishment of Home and Family in a New Culture Within Australia', Journal of Transcultural Nursing, pp. 1-9.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Purpose: Migrating and establishing a new life in another culture can have diverse health effects especially for women.
This article explores the struggles and social adjustment issues that might constitute negatively to the health of West
African migrant women living in Australia. Design: Qualitative storytelling. Audiotaped voluntary stories from 20 West
African migrant women living in Sydney, Australia were transcribed and analyzed. Findings: Three themes are presented for
discussion: (1) But it is different here: life in a new country; (2) I have to do it all by myself: communal versus individual living; and
(3) They don’t listen to parents: perceived threats to the family unit. Conclusion/Implication for Practice: The demand for
and the importance of nurses and midwives in supporting migrant families is demonstrated by findings suggesting that social
adjustment into the Australian culture has a significant impact on both the nuclear and extended family unit of women.
Sowole, O, Power, T, Jackson, D, Davidson, PM & DiGiacomo, M 2016, 'Resilience of African migrant women: an integrative review', Health Care for Women International, vol. 37, no. 9, pp. 946-963.View/Download from: Publisher's site
African migrant women represent a rapidly growing cohort of new arrivals in many countries. Many of these women demonstrate strength and resilience throughout the stressful migration process. In this integrative review, we explore the literature on African migrants' resilience using an ecological framework. Nine peer-reviewed journal articles and six grey literature documents were reviewed. Key internal and external factors in achieving resilience were identified, discussed, and diagrammatically represented using Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Framework under micro-, meso-, exo-, and macro-levels. Our findings show that the capacity for resilience demonstrated during migration could have implications for policy and practice.
Sowole, O, Power, T, Jackson, D, Davidson, P & DiGiacomo, M 2016, 'Overcoming trauma: West African migrant women's experiences of healing in Australia', 21st International Council on Women’s Health Issues (ICOWHI) Congress, International Council on Women’s Health Issues (ICOWHI) Congress, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.