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dc.contributor.advisor Shanahan, Suzanne en_US
dc.contributor.author Nelson, Elise Jordan en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-25T20:17:21Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-21T05:30:18Z
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10161/5523
dc.description Thesis en_US
dc.description.abstract <p>Over 100,000 Bhutanese refugees are in the process of being resettled from southeastern Nepal to eight different Western countries--the majority of whom are resettling to the United States. Refugees are universally at higher risk of mental illness, due to the large number of stressors to which they are exposed. Preliminary studies have suggested that resettled Bhutanese refugees may have particularly poor mental health outcomes, including high rates of suicide. This study conducted 23 in-depth life story interviews with Bhutanese refugees in Nepal, in attempt to explore the psychosocial context of mental illness among this population, and to understand the risk factors that they are, or will be, exposed to during their resettlement transition. Throughout the interviews the theme of "expectations of resettlement" emerged and revealed potentially large discontinuities between expectations of resettled life and the likely realities. Interestingly, these expectations were closely tied to many of the themes that emerged when discussing sources of mental illness within their population--suggesting that the failure of the expectations might greatly affect mental health outcomes. The results of this study are only preliminary and suggestive, but they add to the currently limited literature on Bhutanese refugee mental health. Additionally, they offer a detailed insight into the risks and needs of the Bhutanese as we prepare to incorporate them into our communities.</p> en_US
dc.subject Mental health en_US
dc.subject Bhutanese en_US
dc.subject Mental Health en_US
dc.subject Refugee en_US
dc.subject Resettlement en_US
dc.title Examining the Psychosocial Context of Mental Health: Bhutanese Refugees and Their Story of Resettlement. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.department Global Health en_US
duke.embargo.months 6 en_US

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