Examining how newcomer women to Canada use social media for social support

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Abstract

background This study utilized an exploratory sequential mixed-method research design to examine how newcomer women in Canada use social media for support to enhance their mental well-being. Analysis The qualitative findings revealed that social media helped these newcomer women both before and after their arrival in Canada. The quantitative results showed that newcomer women mostly use social media for receiving information, followed by esteem support, networking, and emotional support. conclusion and implications The effectiveness of social media was dependent on the participants’ socioeconomic and migration status. Social media were evidently useful for resisting and coping with stress and contributed to online community connectedness. However, using social media was a source of concern for refugee women due to personal safety, immigration proceedings, and customs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-220
Number of pages22
JournalCanadian Journal of Communication
Volume45
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Canada
  • Immigration
  • Mental health
  • Newcomerwomen
  • Socialmedia
  • Socialsupport

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