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Menstrual Practices of Nepali-Bhutanese Women in Pittsburgh

De Ferrari, Rosa (2021) Menstrual Practices of Nepali-Bhutanese Women in Pittsburgh. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The thesis explores how migration impacts Nepali-speaking Bhutanese female refugees’ menstrual beliefs and behaviors in the Pittsburgh region. Women over the age of 18 from the Nepali-speaking Bhutanese community in the Pittsburgh region were recruited to participate in semi-structured interviews, focus group discussions, and a survey from March 2019 to December 2019. Three expert interviews helped inform the appropriateness and relevance of data collection instruments. A total of four interviews and two focus group discussions were conducted and 31 survey responses collected. The data from the qualitative sources were transcribed in order to code the participants’ responses and systematically identify themes in the codes. Themes were grouped together for analysis and the socio-ecological model (SEM) was used to further interpret the data. Results suggest that migration influences menstrual practices in the context of the Nepali-Bhutanese community in Pittsburgh. As these women’s socio-milieu transformed during migration to Nepal and subsequently to the United States, so did their constructions of menstruation. Further community-engaged research is required to investigate how the experiences and constructs of menstruation specifically influence this population’s health care and seeking decisions, with a wider focus on sexual and reproductive health.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
De Ferrari, Rosarod39@pitt.edurod39
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee MemberBaumann, Sarasarabaumann@pitt.edusarabaumann
Committee MemberBurke, Jessicajgburke@pitt.edujgburke
Committee MemberMusante, Kathleenkathleen.musante@pitt.edukathleen.musante
Thesis AdvisorTerry, Martha Annmaterry@pitt.edumaterry
Date: 11 May 2021
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 16 April 2020
Approval Date: 11 May 2021
Submission Date: 10 May 2021
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 100
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: refugee, migration, menstruation, mentrual practices,Nepal, Bhutan
Date Deposited: 11 May 2021 21:07
Last Modified: 11 May 2021 21:07


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