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“We are, therefore I am”: Contextualizing the life and emotional wellbeing of young Nigerian-born adults living in the United States.

Amah-Mbah, Chino, Nnenna (2021) “We are, therefore I am”: Contextualizing the life and emotional wellbeing of young Nigerian-born adults living in the United States. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The number of Nigerian immigrants in the United States has been on a steady increase over the past decades. Nigerians currently make up the largest African immigrant group in the United States. Nigerian immigrants are a heterogeneous group with differences in socio-demographic characteristics. This study contributes to the knowledge and understanding of young (millennial and Generation Z) Nigerian immigrants who may differ from older generations of Nigerian immigrants. This study utilized qualitative research methods to explore how the emotional wellbeing of young Nigerian immigrants is shaped by their family of origin and by their new host country (the United States). Participants included Nigerian-born adults aged 21-35 years, who immigrated from the age of 16 and beyond, and are now living in the United States. Sense of self was identified as the overarching theme from the data analysis. Participants’ age, interpersonal relationships, adjustment to being in the U.S, and the exercising of their autonomy all impacted the development of their sense of self. Having a strong sense of self contributes to increased self-efficacy, resiliency, agency, and the development of significant social relationships and support systems which all lead to better health outcomes, emotional wellbeing, and a good quality of life. Finally, this study presents implications and recommendations specific to public health for considering context when working with Nigerian millennial immigrants in the United States and suggestions for future research.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Amah-Mbah, Chino, Nnennacna15@pitt.educna15
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairElias, Thistleelias@pitt.eduelias
Committee MemberGarland, Richardrig11@pitt.edurig11
Committee MemberBetru, Yodityoditbetru@pitt.eduykb2
Committee MemberFapohunda, Abimbolaaof3@pitt.eduaof3
Date: 13 May 2021
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 20 April 2021
Approval Date: 13 May 2021
Submission Date: 28 April 2021
Access Restriction: 1 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 1 year.
Number of Pages: 103
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nigeria, Nigerian immigrants, immigration, emotional wellbeing, sense of self, United States, young Nigerians, qualitative
Date Deposited: 13 May 2021 20:54
Last Modified: 13 May 2022 05:15


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