ORCID Identifier(s)

0000-0002-5198-5191

Graduation Semester and Year

2016

Language

English

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Social Work

Department

Social Work

First Advisor

Diane B Mitschke

Abstract

This research study examines the nutritional practices of a 21-year-old Karen, female, refugee. All aspects of nutritional practices are examined, including favorite foods, differences between foods due to geographical region, where food is acquired, and familial practices. Grounded theory was used to examine a single, transcribed, interview, for emerging themes. Two researchers coded the data for themes, and then data was compared for accuracy. Results help to highlight an in-depth analysis of a Karen refugee, and can be used to compare and contrast the nutritional practices of other refugees from Burma. Emerging themes include eating habits, food access, and acquisition, and differences in foods between the U.S. and Thailand. While a major strength of the case study method is detailing an in-depth look at a single individual and their perspectives, this research method lacks generalizability and is subject to social desirability bias. Future research is needed with refugees from Burma in achieving additional knowledge on all aspects of nutrition.

Keywords

Refugees, Karen, Burma, Female

Disciplines

Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social Work

License

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Comments

Degree granted by The University of Texas at Arlington

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Social Work Commons

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