Abstract/Details

Climate change and health: A project with women of Labrador

Owens, Sandra Lillian.   Universite Laval (Canada) ProQuest Dissertations Publishing,  2005. MR09614.

Abstract (summary)

This research project is exploratory, utilising a qualitative approach to identify environmental and climate changes in the Nain, Labrador region and the effects of these changes by accessing the local knowledge of resident women. The objective of the research was to identify the implications of these changes to health. Field work carried out over the months of September and October of 2002 in the community of Nain via semi-directed interviews and participant observation revealed that (1) important representations of health for participants are getting out onto the land and consuming traditional foods; (2) their collective observations of change support the conclusion that the climate in their region is changing and; (3) these changes are affecting the women and others in the community in a number of ways. Interpretation of this last conclusion was informed both by the application of the population health model as well as what was learned in terms of local determinants of health. The action of five determinants at a general level and two at a local level was found to be influenced by the reported environmental changes and these are: the physical environment, income and social status, personal health practices and coping skills, food security, culture, going-off on the land and eating wild foods.

This study identifies a number of ways in which informant reported environmental and climate changes may currently be adversely influencing health status among Labrador Inuit.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Public health;
Womens studies;
Health care;
Climate change;
Women;
Food safety;
Personal health;
Studies;
Income;
Infectious diseases;
Population;
Womens health;
Permafrost;
Adaptation;
Disease prevention;
Greenhouse effect;
Ice;
General circulation models;
Inuit;
Environmental economics;
Cooling;
Hunting;
Mens health;
Knowledge;
Snow;
Northern communities;
Medical research;
Copyright;
Food security;
Outdoor air quality;
Health care management
Classification
0573: Public health
0453: Womens studies
0769: Health care management
92312: Administration of Public Health Programs
0404: Climate Change
Identifier / keyword
Health and environmental sciences; Social sciences
Title
Climate change and health: A project with women of Labrador
Author
Owens, Sandra Lillian
Number of pages
239
Degree date
2005
School code
0726
Source
MAI 44/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
978-0-494-09614-7
University/institution
Universite Laval (Canada)
University location
Canada -- Quebec, CA
Degree
M.Sc.
Source type
Dissertation or Thesis
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
MR09614
ProQuest document ID
305366154
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
https://www.proquest.com/docview/305366154