CAHSS Faculty Articles

Title

Your Heart is Never Free':Women in Wales and Ghana talking about distress

Department

Department of Conflict Resolution Studies

Publication Date

1-1-1999

Publication Title

Canadian Psychology

ISSN or ISBN

1878-7304

Volume

40

Issue

2

First Page

129

Last Page

142

Abstract

This paper documents women's own constructions of their psychosocial health and the way they trace the problems they experience to the social and material conditions of their lives. The authors report on 2 qualitative studies: one in which 35 women (aged 20–89 yrs) in South Wales were interviewed about their main health concerns and a similar study in Ghana, West Africa which included interviews with 75 women (aged 20–80 yrs). Women's accounts of their distress are set in the context of 3 key issues: money problems, relationships with men, and motherhood. Despite cultural differences in the expression of distress, the common themes point to the influence of gender relations and women's roles in production and social reproduction. The authors argue for greater documentation of the material and social circumstances of women's lives and their effects on women's health. In so doing, it is important to incorporate women's own accounts of their health. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)

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