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African Journal of Reproductive Health
Women's Health and Action Research Centre
ISSN: 1118-4841
Vol. 21, No. 1, 2017, pp. 18-29
Bioline Code: rh17003
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Journal of Reproductive Health, Vol. 21, No. 1, 2017, pp. 18-29

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Dune, Tinashe & Mapedzahama, Virginia

Résumé

Cet article traite de l'influence des modes de communication interculturels sur les perceptions de la santé sexuelle et du bien-être des femmes Shona (Zimbabwéennes) vivant en Australie ainsi que leurs enfants. Les données ont été recueillies en utilisant des discussions à groupes témoin en Australie du Sud avec quatorze femmes, âgées de 29 à 53 ans. Les transcriptions ont été analysées thématiquement. Les femmes ont principalement construit la santé sexuelle et le bien-être dans les méthodes coutumières de Shona, qui non seulement conservent le secret sur la santé sexuelle et le discours sur le bien-être, mais interdisent également aux parents de parler aux enfants de la santé sexuelle car les discussions sont réservées aux relations parentales et non-parentales particulières. Cependant, ces constructions sont devenues plus fluides le plus longtemps que les femmes résident en Australie. Pour ces femmes, les notions de santé sexuelle et de bien-être sont une négociation entre les constructions australiennes et celles de la culture Shona, surtout lorsqu'elles sont appliquées à leurs enfants. Cette recherche souligne l'influence. (Afr J Reprod Health 2017; 21[1]: 18-29).

Mots Clés
Afrique; cross-culturel; de l'Australie; intergénérationnels; la santé sexuelle; la communication interculturelle

 
 en Culture Clash: Shona (Zimbabwean) Migrant Women’s Experiences with Communicating about Sexual Health and Wellbeing across Cultures and Generations
Dune, Tinashe & Mapedzahama, Virginia

Abstract

This paper discusses the influence of cross-cultural modes of communication on perceptions of sexual health and wellbeing for Shona (Zimbabwean) women living in Australia and their children. Data was collected using focus groups in South Australia with fourteen women, between the ages of 29 and 53. Transcripts were analysed thematically. The women primarily constructed sexual health and wellbeing in customary Shona ways, which not only maintain secrecy about sexual health and wellbeing discourse, but also prohibit parents from talking to children about sexual health as such talk is reserved for particular kin and non-kin relationships. These constructions however became more fluid the longer the women resided in Australia. For these women the notions of sexual health and wellbeing are a negotiation between Australian constructs and those from Shona culture, especially when applied to their children. This research highlights the potential influence of various cultural world views on sexual health communication among African migrant women and their children and questions the appropriateness of sexual health and wellbeing campaigns and their responsiveness for cross-cultural youth. (Afr J Reprod Health 2017; 21[1]: 18-29).

Keywords
Africa; cross-cultural; Australia; intergenerational; sexual health; intercultural communication

 
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