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Title:Resources for adjusting well to work migration: women from northern Ghana working in head porterage in Greater Accra
Authors:Wilson, Angelina
Mittelmark, Maurice B.
Year:2012
Periodical:Africa Today (ISSN 1527-1978)
Volume:59
Issue:4
Pages:25-38
Language:English
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:women migrants
porters
mental health
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/africa_today/v059/59.4.wilson.pdf
Abstract:Ghanaian women seeking paid work have long migrated from the north to Accra which is located in the south. Many work as poorly compensated porters and experience many difficulties, yet, by their own accounts, some adjust well to their new circumstances, despite their unfavourable situation. This study takes a salutogenic perspective to illuminate the resources that help them cope. The intention is to develop practical guidelines for promoting health among all female porters in Accra. The framework of the study was the salutogenic model, with a focus on the role that resources play in helping people cope with stress. A phenomenological method that included interviews and observations was used. The results of the study indicate that religiosity is an important resource for good adjustment, but that additional resources, acquired after migration, were key: achieving financial stability and developing and cultivating socially supportive relationships. The ability to take a positive perspective and engage in active, adaptive coping protects against stress. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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