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ANS Adv Nurs Sci. 1994 Mar;16(3):64-77.

Cultural themes in family stress and violence among Cambodian refugee women in the inner city.

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  • 1School of Public Health, Loma Linda University, CA.


Cambodian refugee women frequently face the cumulative trauma of war experiences and cultural adaptation to the American inner-city environment. This qualitative study investigated cultural beliefs, coping strategies, and management of family stress among Cambodian refugee women living in the inner-city environment. Focused and open-ended interviews were conducted in the informants' homes using the Cambodian language. Stressful and violent events were managed by nonconfrontation and withdrawal. These two themes are hypothesized as the culturally identified means by which inner-city Cambodian refugee women control and harmonize situations of stress. Further study is needed to develop the theoretical base for developing culturally sensitive nursing intervention strategies with this high risk population.

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