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Re-Imagining the University Experience: Exploring Well-Being among Young Adults with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

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Title: Re-Imagining the University Experience: Exploring Well-Being among Young Adults with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Author: LeClair, Jenna
Department: Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Program: Public Issues Anthropology
Advisor: Kawano, Satsuki
Abstract: This study aims to understand how young adults with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) achieve and maintain well-being while pursuing post-secondary education within the Canadian context. To date, little is known of the health-related stigma experienced by young adults with IBD and, subsequently, how they cope in everyday social contexts. Through in-depth, semi-structured interviews, participants ages 18-26 years old share how they navigate major life transitions and on-campus environments while living with an invisible chronic illness. Students actively negotiate both academic and illness identity in spite of stigma, social pressures, and institutional barriers, and thereby develop coping strategies which facilitate and mobilize understandings of their body-self. This thesis seeks to amplify participants’ individual efforts of advocacy and empowerment to support others living with IBD by addressing healing processes that extend beyond biomedical understandings of recovery and cure by re-legitimating the impaired body and socially validating one’s body-self integration.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10214/21375
Date: 2020-11
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