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|Title: ||Attitudes to fertility, sexual health and motherhood amongst a Sample of Non-Irish National minority ethnic women living in Ireland|
|Affiliation: ||HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme, Disability Federation of Ireland, Doras Luimní, Limerick|
|Publisher: ||Health Service Executive (HSE)|
|Issue Date: ||29-May-2012 |
|Description: ||This research is concerned with exploring the meanings young migrant and minority ethnic women aged 18-30 living in Ireland bring to their sexual relationships, sexual health, and reproductive healthcare decisions, including contraceptive use, pregnancy and motherhood. This in-depth, qualitative study considers how legal, cultural, social and economic factors play out in their decisions and practices. The main purpose of this work is to ensure greater understanding and sensitivity to the specific needs and issues of concern for non-Irish national and ethnic minority women in relation to their sexual well-being.
Comparative to other Northern and European countries, Ireland’s status as a country of immigration is relatively recent. While a small number of minority ethnic communities have been established for some time in Ireland, overall ethnic diversity is emergent in Irish society, so that many minority ethnic communities are at this time equivalent to migrant communities. Many of the young women in this study are first-generation migrants who have come alone or with families to live in Ireland within the past twenty years or less.
The underdevelopment of research on this issue in the Irish context means that the study is building on a very low knowledge base and as such constitutes an initial exploratory study. The sensitivity of the topic of interest and marginalisation of the population of interest were also issues to consider in the design of the study. Taken together these issues provided a strong rationale for the selection of social justice orientated methodologies, and a community-based participatory research approach was taken.
The study design comprised:
• Consultation with stakeholder organisations for cultural immersion in the topic and to assess the cultural appropriateness of the research approach.
• Engaging peer researchers to be involved in the data-generation process.
• Qualitative, in-depth interviews with a sample young migrant and minority ethnic women aged 18-30.
The study focuses on four communities within the overall migrant and minority ethnic community in Ireland – Chinese, Nigerian, Polish and Muslim – selected for diversity based on analysis of recent patterns of migration into Ireland. Qualitative interviews with women aged between eighteen and thirty years from each community drew out detailed accounts of their individual experiences, views and needs in relation to sexual and reproductive health. Such an approach generates a nuanced and detailed picture of the particularities and specificities of risk, care and support needs of our study group, to help inform the formation of policy and service delivery in the context of a more ethnically diverse and transient population.|
|Keywords: ||SEXUAL HEALTH|
|Appears in Collections: ||Crisis Pregnancy Programme|
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