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Master of Science (M.S.) in Sociology



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1 online resource (2, v, 67 p.)


Russians -- Health and hygiene -- United States, Religious refugees -- Health and hygiene -- United States, Pentecostals -- United States


This thesis explored the health practices and religious beliefs of the recent Soviet Pentecostal refugee population in the Portland, Oregon metro area. The methodology consisted of 25 in-depth interviews over a period of twelve months. Soviet Pentecostal refugees' health practices are influenced by their religious belief system which is Pentecostalism. The four primary factors that were found to have an affect on the refugees' health were lifestyle practices; coherence; or the meaning of suffering that religion provides; cohesiveness, or group belonging to the religious community, and world view provided by the underlying theology. The language barrier, distrust of outsiders, unfamiliarity with their belief system, and a limited understanding of their experiences of persecution may limit effective health care by professionals.


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