Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Health and Rehabilitation Sciences


Dr. Lynn Shaw


Background: Immigrants of South Asian origin are one of the largest groups immigrating to Canada, and females in this group struggle more with resettlement than their male counterparts. There is limited research that understands the nature of occupational transitions in resettlement and the experiences of South Asian women as they transition to employment.

Methods: A phenomenological qualitative study drawing on critical and occupational theoretical perspectives was used to gain a deeper understanding of experiences of occupational transitions to employment of South Asian women. Narrative interviews with four women were completed and interpretive phenomenology was used to guide the analysis.

Findings: Three phases of the resettlement process were found: Unsettlement, Rebuilding and Settlement. These phases underscored the importance ofthe relationship between micro and macro levels in the study of occupational transitions. Productive work was found as an important construct that facilitated Settlement through providing structure and emotional stability for daily routines and family life.

Implications: This study’s findings have implications for the future study of occupational transitions by including a comprehensive focus on the micro and macro issues affecting transitions, barriers and facilitators to success. Findings also have implications for program development in facilitating the occupational transitions of South Asian women.



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