Stressors influencing Middle Eastern womens perceptions of the risk of cardiovascular disease: a focus group study

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Taylor & Francis (Routledge): STM, Behavioural Science and Public Health Titles
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Health Care for Women International, 2011, 32 (8), pp. 723 - 745
Issue Date:
2011-07-18
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To better understand Australia-dwelling Middle Eastern womens lack of service utilization in cardiovascular health, we undertook a study to investigate their understandings and meanings of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and its risk factors. Eight focus groups were conducted in community settings with Turkish, Persian, and Arab women. We found that the women understated their risk of CVD, faced many barriers in reducing their risks, and perceived stress as the most significant contributor to CVD. Women described their stress as primarily emanating from issues surrounding migration and acculturation. Implications for development and delivery of tailored health interventions for Middle Eastern women are discussed.
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