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Advances in contemporary health care for vulnerable populations

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Edited by Debra Jackson, Adeline Nyamathi, Mark Hayter and Bernie Carter

Published: 2012
ISBN: 978-1-921729-82-9
Pages: 160


As a characteristic, vulnerability is considered undesirable, and is associated with susceptibility, debility, failure, flaw and weakness. In the context of population health, vulnerability is also viewed as detrimental, and has been defined as the degree of ‘relative risk or susceptibility to adverse health outcomes’ (Flaskerud & Winslow, 1998, p. 69). This disparity affects social groups who have limited environmental, social and economic resources, and is able to be measured in terms of factors such as early mortality, increased proportional morbidity, and reduced quality of life (Flaskerud & Winslow, 1998). Among the populations considered vulnerable in health terms are cultural minorities, such as Indigenous people, those who are homeless and destitute (Nyamathi et al., 2012), imprisoned people as well as their families (Nyamathi, Marlow, Branson, Marfi see, & Nandy, 2012), and economically disadvantaged people (Flouri, Mavroveli, & Tzavidis, 2010).

While the term ‘vulnerability’ is referent in that it denotes a particular shared and contextualised meaning, it can also be seen as stigmatising, and thus potentially contributory to further oppression and marginalisation. Practitioners have a responsibility to consider the language they use when working with clients. Where practitioners draw on a more appreciative discourse and focus on family strengths rather than solely attend to issues of concern, better outcomes can be achieved (Carter, 2012). Similarly, when presenting research findings, it is important that while acknowledging the social, economic and environmental factors that contribute to health-related vulnerability, and in using words such as vulnerable, that we avoid stigmatising individuals and whole communities. One way that this can be achieved is through recognition that both strength and resilience can be synergetic, and when reporting research findings, the strengths of people living with challenges influencing health risk are discussed adequately and acknowledged in their full context.

Table of Contents

Editorial: Revisiting the concept of vulnerability: Recognising strength and resilience in the context of risk and susceptibility - Debra Jackson, Mark Hayter, Bernie Carter, Adeline Nyamathi

‘Sunless lives’: District nurses’ and journalists’ co-construction of the ‘sick poor’ as a vulnerable population in early twentieth-century New Zealand - Pamela J Wood, Kerri Arcus

Dual vulnerabilities: Mental illness in a culturally and linguistically diverse society - Wendy M Cross, Charanjit Singh

Experiences of families who help young rural men with emergent mental health problems in a rural community in New South Wales, Australia - Rhonda Lynne Wilson, Mary Cruickshank, Jacqueline Lea

Comparisons of substance abuse, high-risk sexual behavior and depressive symptoms among homeless youth with and without a history of foster care placement - Angela L Hudson, Karabi Nandy

Editorial: The three developmental phases of addressing sexuality in nursing care: Where do we go from here? - Mark Hayter, Debra Jackson, Bernie Carter, Adeline Nyamathi

Politics and patriarchy: Barriers to health screening for socially disadvantaged women - Kathleen Peters

Domestic violence screening in maternal and child health nursing practice: A scoping review - Leesa Hooker, Bernadette Ward, Glenda Verrinder

Reconceptualising health and health care for women affected by domestic violence - Marion Tower, Jennifer Rowe, Marianne Wallis

Deconstructing contributing factors to bullying and lateral violence in nursing using a postcolonial feminist lens - Rhonda Kathleen Croft, Penelope Anne Cash

Editorial: Creating culturally-relevant and sustainable research strategies to meet the needs of vulnerable populations - Adeline Nyamathi, Debra Jackson, Bernie Carter, Mark Hayter

The impact of nursing leadership and management on the control of HIV/AIDS: An ethnographic study - Hani A Nawafleh, Karen Francis, Ysanne Chapman

What works to engage young parents into services? Findings from an appreciative inquiry workshop - Christine Taylor, Annie Mills, Virginia Schmied, Hannah Dahlen, Wies Shuiringa, Margaret E Hudson

Powerlessness, social support, and glycemic control in Korean adults with type 2 diabetes - Gyeong-Ju An, Mi-Ja Kim

Feeling let down: An exploratory study of the experiences of older people who were readmitted to hospital following a recent discharge - Sophie Dilworth, Isabel Higgins, Vicki Parker

Substance users’ perspective of pain management in the acute care environment - Nicole Blay, Stephanie Glover, Janine Bothe, Susan Lee, Fiona Lamont

Editorial: Children out of place: Vulnerability and risk in the countryside? - Bernie Carter, Debra Jackson, Mark Hayter, Adeline Nyamathi

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