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Journeys to the food bank : exploring the experience of food insecurity among postsecondary students

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dc.contributor.advisor Gregory, David M. Nugent, Mary A. 2012-11-27T21:20:18Z 2012-11-27T21:20:18Z 2011
dc.description xi, 304 leaves ; 29 cm en_US
dc.description.abstract Food insecurity is a global issue giving rise to health inequities affecting populations at all life stages. Postsecondary student food insecurity exists, yet is an understudied phenomenon. To provide insight into the perspectives and experiences of food insecurity in the postsecondary population, university students (n=15) who accessed a campus food bank were interviewed utilizing person-centered interviewing. The social determinants of health (SDH) and structural violence theory provided conceptual guidance for the qualitative study. Students were found to lead complex lives, shouldering many responsibilities. They valued their health; however, they lacked the necessary supports to maintain adequate nutritional intake. They employed multiple strategies to mitigate their food insecurity issues, while concurrently making sacrifices and experiencing suffering. Three economic pathways leading students to food bank use included shortfall, cumulative and catastrophic pathways. This research offers increased understanding of food insecurity in this vulnerable population, exposing inequities which must be addressed. Keywords: en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Health Sciences, c2011 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Health Sciences) en_US
dc.subject Food banks -- Alberta -- Lethbridge en_US
dc.subject Food relief -- Alberta -- Lethbridge en_US
dc.subject College students -- Health and hygiene -- Alberta -- Lethbridge en_US
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en_US
dc.title Journeys to the food bank : exploring the experience of food insecurity among postsecondary students en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Health Sciences en_US Masters

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