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Authors

  1. Caxaj, C. Susana BScN, RN
  2. Berman, Helene PhD, RN

Abstract

Belonging has been identified as an important resource for health and well-being in the lives of youths. Thus, it is an important concept for upstream health promotion and culturally safe and relevant nursing care. Whilemany researchers acknowledge the importance of the social, cultural, and political context in the lives of newcomeryouths, little research has examined the sociopolitical processes inherent in immigrant and refugee youths'experiences of belonging. By employing an intersectional and postcolonial perspective, this study explored newcomeryouths' gendered, racialized, and class experiences of inclusion and exclusion that ultimately influencedtheir sense of belonging in their country of resettlement. Through an examination of online blogs in the UnitedStates, the United Kingdom, Australia, and secondary analyses of transcribed interviews from a previous studyconducted in Canada, experiences of belonging were revealed to be shaped by complex and multifaceted structures ofoppression. Through individual and collective efforts of resistance and resiliency, newcomer youths worked toconstruct a sense of belonging in their daily lives. Despite these participants' demonstrated strengths, itis evident that more work is needed to support newcomer youths' sense of belonging and well-being throughoutresettlement. Implications for nursing practice and research are discussed.