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Making sense of illness: late in life migration as point of departure for elderly Iranian immigrants´explanatory models of illness
Institutionen för omvårdnad Karolinska institutet.
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2005 (English)In: Journal of Immigrant Health, ISSN 1096-4045, Vol. 7, no 3, 153-164 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article is based on data gathered through 60 qualitative interviews conducted within the realm of three research projects that have used "culture-appropriate lenses" to study the postmigration situation of late-in-life Iranian immigrants to Sweden. The findings gathered through these studies were interpreted against the backdrop that culturally appropriate nursing theories provide. This meant that it was, at times, these elders' backgrounds as cultural "others" that were implicitly used to make sense of the various issues that were brought to the fore by these studies. The particular issue with which this article is concerned is the "unusualness" of these elders' explanatory models of illness. Inspired by the concept definition of situation in the symbolic interactionist perspective and by the feeling that this perspective might bring about a different interpretation of the original findings regarding their understandings of illness and disease, we set out to conduct a secondary analysis of these elders explanatory models of illness. The findings presented in this article will show how the elderly Iranian immigrants interviewed in these three studies utilize the process of "late in life migration" as a point of reference for their understandings of what has caused the illnesses from which they suffered. Hereby we will suggest that the "unusualness" of their explanatory models of illness might be best understood if we focus on what they shared as immigrants (i.e., the fact that the process of late-in-life migration has made their culture obsolete) as opposed to what they shared as Iranians (i.e., their culture of origin).

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2005. Vol. 7, no 3, 153-164 p.
Keyword [en]
late-in-life migration, explanatory model of illness, elderly Iranian immigrants, secondary analysis, culture-appropriateness
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-43322Local ID: 73500OAI: diva2:264181
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2010-02-04

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