Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 1199–1205 | Cite as

The Description of Health Among Iraqi Refugee Women in the United States

  • Khlood F. SalmanEmail author
  • Lenore K. Resick
Original Paper


The purpose of this study was to understand the description of health among Iraqi women refugees, their health status, and health experiences during resettlement in the United States. Twelve women, ages 21–67 years old, who resettled in the United States during or after 2003 where interviewed. The women described health as a gift determined by God, the ability to function, the absence of physical symptoms, and the need to feel safe and secure in the context of resettlement. Although the Iraqi women valued health, during the resettlement process, seeking safety and feeling secure were the foremost priorities. Findings revealed that this is a vulnerable population which has experienced the violence of war and, as a result, have unique physical, mental, economic, and social concerns related to health. Implications are for a multidisciplinary approach to best meet the unique individual health needs of this vulnerable population.


Health Iraqi refugee Women Vulnerable populations War 



This study was funded by Epsilon Phi Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

Conflict of interest

The authors declared no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Duquesne University School of NursingPittsburghUSA

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