From Somalia to U.S. Shifts in Gender Dynamics from the Perspective of Female Somali Refugees

Jennifer Jo Connor, Shanda Hunt, Megan Finsaas, Amanda Ciesinski, Amira Ahmed, Beatrice Bean E Robinson

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Abstract

The purpose of this exploratory qualitative study was to explore shifts in gender dynamics among Somali female refugees who immigrated to the United States (U.S.). We used a community-based approach to recruit 30 participants who were interviewed by a bilingual interviewer. Themes were developed without preordained concepts. Results indicated most women came to the U.S. searching for safety and education. Participants reported increased freedoms, power, and demands within the family. Many women expressed a desire to maintain cultural, religious, and traditional gender roles. Implications for family therapists include attending to intersecting identities of Somali female refugees.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-29
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of Feminist Family Therapy
Volume28
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2016

Keywords

  • gender roles
  • immigration adjustment
  • intersectionality
  • refugees

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