Adolescent Burmese Refugees Perspectives on Determinants of Health

Avika Dixit, Emily M. Miner, Sarah E. Wiehe, Megan S. McHenry

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Over 70,000 Burmese refugees have resettled in the United States in the past decade. While Burmese adolescents quickly acculturate into American society, their perspectives on health are not well-known. The purpose of this study was to identify adolescent Burmese refugee perspectives on determinants of health and health-related experiences after resettlement. In this qualitative study, Burmese adolescents took photographs depicting health-related experiences that were used as elicitation tools during focus groups. These discussions were recorded, transcribed, and analyzed for themes. Participants described positive determinants of health, including family and church. Rampant tobacco use was identified by the participants as a determinant of poor health within the Burmese community. Notably, the participants were proud to serve as liaisons within their community, despite the stressful nature of this role. Our results highlight the need to screen this population for anxiety, secondary to serving as a liaison for their community, as well as tobacco use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)370-379
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018


  • Adolescents
  • Burmese
  • Determinants of health
  • Qualitative research
  • Refugees

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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