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Neighbourhood Impacts on Stress: Perspectives of Adolescent Girls

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dc.contributor.author Lapalme, Josée
dc.date.accessioned 2011-11-18T15:03:56Z
dc.date.available 2011-11-18T15:03:56Z
dc.date.issued 2011-11-18
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10222/14323
dc.description.abstract The physical and social environments of a neighbourhood can cause and/or reduce stress for residents. However, we know relatively little about the neighbourhood-level stressors and stress-relievers experienced by adolescents, and in particular adolescent girls. This study explores how adolescent girls (15-17 years) living in one neighbourhood in Halifax, Nova Scotia perceive key characteristics of their neighbourhood’s environments as affecting and/or reducing their stress. Using a qualitative methodology, data were collected from eight participants using face-to-face semi-structured interviews. Photo elicitation technique was also used for data collection. A key finding of this research was that participants experience a strong ‘sense of community’ within their neighbourhood that makes a significant contribution to their stress relief. At the same time, participants reported a number of neighbourhood-level forces that are threatening this sense of community including violence, conflicts, and stigma. This study demonstrates the complexity of the relationship between neighbourhood-level characteristics and residents’ stress. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject neighbourhood en_US
dc.subject stress en_US
dc.subject adolescence en_US
dc.subject adolescent girls en_US
dc.title Neighbourhood Impacts on Stress: Perspectives of Adolescent Girls en_US
dc.date.defence 2011-10-14
dc.contributor.department School of Health & Human Performance en_US
dc.contributor.degree Master of Arts en_US
dc.contributor.external-examiner Dr. Andrea Chircop en_US
dc.contributor.graduate-coordinator Dr. Lynne Robinson en_US
dc.contributor.thesis-reader Dr. Brenda Beagan en_US
dc.contributor.thesis-reader Dr. Susan Tirone en_US
dc.contributor.thesis-supervisor Dr. Lois Jackson en_US
dc.contributor.ethics-approval Received en_US
dc.contributor.manuscripts Not Applicable en_US
dc.contributor.copyright-release Not Applicable en_US

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