“Yarning” as a method for community-based health research with indigenous women : the indigenous women's wellness research program

Walker, Melissa, Fredericks, Bronwyn, Mills, Kyly, & Anderson, Debra (2013) “Yarning” as a method for community-based health research with indigenous women : the indigenous women's wellness research program. Health Care for Women International, pp. 1-11.

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This project explores yarning as a methodology for understanding health and wellness from an indigenous woman's perspective. Previous research exploring indigenous Australian women's perspectives have used traditional Western methodologies and have often been felt by the women themselves to be inappropriate and ineffective in gathering information and promoting discussion. This research arose from the indigenous women themselves, and resulted in the exploration of using yarning as a methodology. Yarning is a conversational process that involves the sharing of stories and the development of knowledge. It prioritizes indigenous ways of communicating, in that it is culturally prescribed, cooperative, and respectful. The authors identify different types of yarning that are relevant throughout their research, and explain two types of yarning—family yarning and cross-cultural yarning—which have not been previously identified in research literature. This project found that yarning as a research method is appropriate for community-based health research with indigenous Australian women. This may be an important finding for health professionals and researchers to consider when working and researching with indigenous women from other countries.

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ID Code: 61835
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Melissa Walker is a PhD Candidate with the School of Nursing at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). She is a Registered Nurse, has a Masters in Mental Health and is undertaking her PhD in Nursing focused on Indigenous women’s health and wellness. Bronwyn Fredericks is an Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Health, QUT. She is a Professor and the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement)and BMA Chair in Indigenous Engagement at Central Queensland University, Australia. Kyly Mills was employed with the Shool of Nursing and is a Research Assistant with the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health. Debra Anderson is a Professor and the Head of Research with the School of Nursing at QUT.
Keywords: Indigenous, Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Women, Health, Wellness, Action research, Nursing, Urban, City, Brisbane
DOI: 10.1080/07399332.2013.815754
ISSN: 0739-9332
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (111701)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Research Centres > Indigenous Studies Research Network
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Deposited On: 02 Sep 2013 03:40
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2017 01:28

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