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Wednesday, June 14 • 18:00 - 20:00
Aging "Out of Place": Mixed-Methods Exploration of Older Urban Refugees' Wellbeing in Nairobi, Kenya - Helen Miamidian

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Aging "Out of Place": Mixed-Methods Exploration of Older Urban Refugees' Wellbeing in Nairobi, Kenya
Presenter: Helen Miamidian (Arcadia University, USA)
Co-Authors: Julie Tippens
Introduction: Refugees aged 50 and older constitute a growing population in cities across the globe. Despite the importance of older refugees in family cohesion, there is little attention paid to how this group fosters resilience and wellbeing. 
Methods: This paper explores resilience and mental health status in a subsample of urban refugees aged 50 and older during police surveillance and raids against urban refugees in Kenya. Locally salient interpretations of resilience (“doing better than expected” or “getting by”) were garnered through in-depth, semi-structured interviews (n=12), mental health status was assessed using the Self-Reporting Questionnaire (SRQ-20), and stressors and supports were measured using a 14-item scale developed in-field (n=23).
Findings: Primary stressors included isolation, loss of social role, and personal insecurity. Isolation was associated with poor mental health. Resilience-enhancing resources included religious communities and spirituality. Findings suggest interventions bolstering social support, particularly within family units and religious communities, may improve older refugees’ mental health and build resilience among this population.  

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Helen Miamidian

Arcadia Universty


Wednesday June 14, 2017 18:00 - 20:00
Century City Conference Centre Western Cape Town, South Africa

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