1 Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331, USA
2 Oregon Somali Family Education Center, 2032 SW Merlo Station Apartments, Beaverton, OR 97006, USA
The purpose of this paper was to explore the factors that shape identity, agency, and quality of life for older Somali refugee women. The author used a narrative inquiry approach to analyze the life stories of 12 Somali refugee women. Narratives were analyzed for both content and form, and three main themes were identified: (1) journey of trauma and coping, (2) identity and perceptions of home and belonging, and (3) navigating a complex health care system. The findings underscore the importance of understanding the complexity of Somali refugee women’s voices in response to coping with trauma, resettlement, and belonging.
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