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June 14/15 - Century City Conference Centre
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Wednesday, June 14 • 18:00 - 20:00
Resilient Parenting in Canadian Aboriginal and Latin American communities: A qualitative study of the role of culture - Kayla Hamel

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Resilient Parenting in Canadian Aboriginal and Latin American communities: A qualitative study of the role of culture 
Presenter: Kayla Hamel (York University, Canada)
Co-Author: Leah Litwin, Yvonne Bohr  
Introduction: Minority groups in Canada face multiple stressors which can negatively influence family mental health. Despite an overwhelming focus on the negative effects of risk factor exposure, the literature of late has shifted to boosting resilience. Culture and its influence on resilience within diverse groups is a growing area of research. 
Methods: This study used qualitative methods to examine parenting resilience in two samples of mothers in Toronto: 1) Canadian Aboriginal mothers, a group that often contends with significant stressors at multiple levels, including marginalization and discrimination, and 2) Latin American immigrants, who face risk factors such as trauma exposure and poverty both before and after immigrating to Canada. Eighteen Aboriginal mothers and 32 Latin American immigrant mothers were interviewed about traumatic experiences and their subsequent impact on parenting in the context of their culture. Thematic analysis was used to identify salient themes in the mothers’ interviews. 
Findings: Findings underscored the importance of cultural beliefs as a source of resilience and add to our understanding of family resilience in minority groups in Canada. Building a knowledge base of culture-specific parenting strengths can foster the development of culturally-informed parenting programs, and help inform policy in marginalized and vulnerable groups.   


Kayla Hamel

York University

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

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