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Recognizing Health With Pregnant Cambodian American Women by Finding Meaning in Relationship

Rosa, Katherine Cowen PhD, FNP-BC; Suong, Malida BSN, RN

doi: 10.1097/ANS.0b013e3181beaf9e

Late entry to prenatal care is a complex problem disproportionately affecting immigrant and refugee women living in Western-style countries. Improving the health and well-being of these women and their children is a critical need. Utilizing Newman's praxis research approach, this study explored engaging 6 Cambodian American women living with pregnancy in the process of finding meaning. Dialoguing on important events and relationship from childhood to present day, patterns of health emerged. Considering data across participants, 3 preliminary themes were illuminated. Study provides new knowledge about environmental disruptions and promoting health.

University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Corresponding Author: Katherine Cowen Rosa, PhD, FNP-BC, Department of Nursing, School of Health and Environment, 3 Solomont Way, Ste 2, One University Ave, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA 01854 (

This work was supported in part by the University of Massachusetts Lowell and their Center for Women and Work.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.