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|Appears in Collections:||School of Applied Social Science Journal Articles|
|Peer Review Status: ||Refereed|
|Title: ||Health visitors' work in a multi-ethnic society: A qualitative study of social
|Author(s): ||Bowes, Alison|
Domokos, T Meehan
|Issue Date: ||1998|
|Publisher: ||Cambridge University Press|
|Citation: ||Bowes A & Domokos TM (1998) Health visitors' work in a multi-ethnic society: A
qualitative study of social exclusion, Journal of Social Policy, 27 (4), pp.
|Abstract: ||Health visiting is adopting an enabling model of practice, which may promote
social inclusion, but is under pressure to justify itself. The article focuses
on health visitors’ work with Pakistani women and comparable white women in
Glasgow, examining the nature of health visiting and women’s responses to it.
Health visitors’ perspectives involve the appreciation of cultural differences,
building relationships with clients, and some stereotyping of clients.
Techniques include highly valued home visiting, and processes of negotiation
with clients. Problems faced include difficulties with interpreters, lack of
training, relationships with other professions, recent changes in the NHS, and
issues of stress and personal safety. Women’s views of health visitors are
generally positive, especially concerning home visits, time spent with clients,
and gate-keeping access to GPs. Negative views came mostly from white women, and
concerned the more controlling models of health visiting. Thus, enabling health
visiting practice was widely appreciated, and could act as an inclusionary
force, facilitating access to and use of health services. Exclusion was
operating at institutional level, towards minorities and women of lower socio-
economic groups, but was being actively resisted by practi|
|Type: ||Journal Article|
|DOI Link: ||http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S004727949800539X|
|Rights: ||Published in Journal of social policy. Copyright : Cambridge University Press|
|Affiliation: ||School of Applied Social Science|
University of Stirling
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