Kerstin Roger

Kerstin Roger
University of Manitoba | UMN · Department of Community Health Sciences

PhD (Toronto) Soc and Equity

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Introduction
Kerstin Roger, Professor, currently works at the Department of Community Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. Kerstin conducts research on family, chronic illness, aging and health having conducted multi-million multi-site nationally funded research as well as smaller local studies with immediate impact. She loves working with graduate students and in the community.
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September 2007 - present
University of Manitoba
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
January 2007 - January 2015
University of Manitoba
Position
  • Professor (Associate)

Publications

Publications (81)
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Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is the leading non-genetic cause of developmental disability in Canada. It poses many challenges at the individual, family and societal levels. This study explores adoptive parents' experiences of having a child with FASD in their family and how these experiences impact family well-being and, specifically, par...
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This tri-provincial mixed methods study explores the reasons for under reporting abuse of older adults in the Prairie Provinces of Canada. Abuse of community-residing older adults, and specifically the reasons for not reporting such abuse, is poorly understood. This paper discusses the findings of the qualitative arm of the study that collected dat...
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Public representations of long-term residential care (LTRC) facilities have received limited focus in Canada, although literature from other countries indicates that public perceptions of LTRC tend to be negative, particularly in contexts that prioritize aging and dying in place. Using Manitoba as the study context, we investigate a question of bro...
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This chapter explores the context of global mental health (GMH), and the need for a global approach to protect and promote health, wellness, and mental health, as well as reducing the burden of chronic conditions and mental disorders. It is well recognized that global health promotion represents complex endeavors assisting people to promote their m...
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This chapter positions the rationale for the emergence of this collection, in which spiritual, religious and faith-based practices amidst chronic illness are shown to support mental wellness. Given evidence-based empirical research investigating participant’s experiences of mental wellness in the context of spirituality, religion, and faith widely...
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This book explores how people draw upon spiritual, religious, or faith-based practices to support their mental wellness amidst forms of chronicity. From diverse global contexts and spiritual perspectives, this volume critically examines several chronic conditions, such as psychosis, diabetes, depression, oppressive forces of colonization and social...
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Background Although abuse experienced by older adults is common and expected to increase, disclosure, reporting and interventions to prevent or mitigate abuse remain sub-optimal. Incorporating principles of harm reduction into service provision has been advocated as a strategy that may improve outcomes for this population. This paper explores wheth...
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Background Disclosure of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)‐positive status in a workplace can be a complex social decision for a person living with HIV. Objective To design a Decision Guide to support people living with HIV in assessing contexts, risks and benefits of workplace disclosure in choosing whether or not, or to what extent, to disclose...
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While research on men's mental health is increasing, it has not typically focused on the intersections between ageing, masculinity and mental health in a rural context. Given the significant increase not only in our global ageing population, but also our growing awareness of mental health problems in the general population, understanding men as the...
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Indigenous peoples in Canada and other settler colonial nations experience barriers to healing in the health care system and their communities. Drawing on four sequential sharing circles and indepth interviews with 11 Indigenous men, this article shares the stories of Indigenous men and their healing journeys with the aim of improving culturally sa...
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In this article, we draw together literature on rural masculinities, fatherhood, and mental health to explore how men experiencing mental health problems understand fatherhood. Semi-structured qualitative interviews were conducted with 24 men who reside in rural southern Manitoba with a focus on mental health and wellness, perceptions of masculinit...
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Research continues to be a dirty word for many Indigenous people. Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is a means to disrupt power dynamics by engaging community members within the research process. However, the majority of relationships between researcher and participants within CBPR are structured within Western research paradigms and th...
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The objective of this study was to examine families’ experiences living with acquired brain injury (ABI) using a research approach that included both the affected individual family member and the family together as a family group. A narrative inquiry study, informed by the life-stage approach of Lieblich, Tuval-Mashiach, and Zilber, was used to obt...
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Rural men's mental health has been described by some scholars as a "silent crisis." Rural men report lower levels of stress and depression and, paradoxically, much higher rates of suicide and substance use. Research has linked rural men's silence to dominant forms of masculinity with limited consideration of how masculinities are changing within an...
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Youths who age out of care face adverse health outcomes and high rates of homelessness. This study used content analysis to explore: “What are the post-care housing experiences of youth who have transitioned from care through an independent support program?” Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 10 youths who had aged out of care. Six serv...
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Many carers spend money out of their own pockets on the care-related needs of their family members or friends, and this spending may expose carers to a higher risk of financial hardship. Using data from a nationally representative sample of family carers drawn from Statistics Canada’s 2012 General Social Survey on Caregiving and Care Receiving, we...
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Background: People living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) often make highly personal decisions about whether or not to disclose their HIV status in the workplace. Objective: We aimed to determine current practices that support people living with HIV to make workplace disclosure decisions and to understand factors that affect disclosure d...
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Minimal research has investigated disclosure/non-disclosure of abuse of older adults. To address this gap, this exploratory, qualitative study gathered the perspectives on reporting of elder abuse from 10 service providers working with elder abuse survivors across Alberta. Face-to-face and online interviews were conducted, audio-recorded, transcrib...
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Minimal research has investigated disclosure/non-disclosure of abuse of older adults. To address this gap, this exploratory, qualitative study gathered the perspectives on reporting of elder abuse from 10 service providers working with elder abuse survivors across Alberta. Face-to-face and online interviews were conducted, audio-recorded, transcrib...
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Expression of interest of abstract (200 words) due Sept. 15, 2019 While the context of the 'chronic' condition is most well known as medical and treatment oriented, this collection will reflect on chronic health and wellness beyond the diagnosis of chronic medical conditions. The authors will bring a critical lens for the exploration of cultural an...
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Data collection methods for qualitative research are varied and have a rich history. The Life Story Board (LSB) is a game board-like tool that is used to construct a visual representation of a person's narrative and his/her related context. In our study, we comparatively assessed the LSB as a data elicitation tool for social science research. We re...
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Data collection methods for qualitative research are varied and have a rich history. The Life Story Board (LSB) is a game board-like tool that is used to construct a visual representation of a person's narrative and his/her related context. In our study, we comparatively assessed the LSB as a data elicitation tool for social science research. We re...
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This article explores how the use of participatory visual methods can enhance and promote a mind-set of elicitation for researchers throughout the research process. By exploring five case studies that used images at varying stages, the authors analyzed these cases exploring how the use of images demonstrates a valuable mind-set of elicitation at ev...
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Our aim in this article is to provide readers with a critical overview of some of the recent research in psychology, sociology, geography and critical masculinity studies with a focus on rural places and masculinities. We begin our critical review of rural masculinities with a discussion of hegemonic masculinity, a concept well known to theorists o...
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Although participating in community social programming is associated with positive physical and mental health outcomes for older adults, older men participate less often than women. Men's Sheds is a community programme used primarily by older men that originated in Australia and is well established there. The goal of the current study was to explor...
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Although health researchers have begun to examine the forms of violence and power dynamics that play out in the intimate relationships of female sex workers (FSWs) in India, this knowledge has tended to focus on the perspectives of women, leaving men’s motivations and attitudes relatively unexamined. This paper examines the contours of masculinity...
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Although there has been much discussion about distinctions between quantitative and qualitative research, our purpose here is not to revive those conversations, but instead to attempt to explore and articulate our identities as researchers who practice in the qualitative tradition. Using autoethnography as our methodology, we as six researchers fro...
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Visual data are everywhere. This article explores the ambiguous role of visual data in academia by reflecting on a series of photovoice studies conducted by the author over several years. While academia proposes to have an innovative mandate for exploring what is new, in fact, visual data have not yet been accepted as a viable form of research. Fiv...
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While the influence of institutional religion has decreased over the last 40–50 years, research suggests that a substantial pro- portion of those not attending religious services continue to engage in religious and spiritual practices on their own and refer to religion as a very important aspect in their lives, and as linked to more positive health...
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The paid provision of care for dying persons and their families blends commodified emotion work and attachments to two often-conflicting role identities: the caring person and the professional. We explore how health care employees interpret personal grief related to patient death, drawing on interviews with 12 health care aides and 13 nurses. Data...
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This study focused on out-of-pocket expenditures resulting from providing unpaid care to family members, friends, and neighbours. The main objective was to examine whether care-related out-of-pocket spending has a significant independent effect on caregiving consequences after controlling for the effects of other potential contributing factors. Cro...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to describe immigrant Muslim women’s perceived barriers and facilitators to health behaviours relating to the interface between the cultural backgrounds of the participants and the predominant culture in Canada. Design/methodology/approach A case study approach was taken to conduct ten in-depth semi-structured...
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Background: Occupational therapy can contribute to the health and well-being of people with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) who are experiencing health consequences of living long term with this disease. However, there are no comprehensive rehabilitation service delivery models to guide this emerging area of practice. The purpose of this study w...
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Volunteer contributions in residential care are viewed as an important way to meet older adults’ psychosocial needs in the context of strained resources and increasingly complex resident populations. The implications of this context for volunteering experiences are rarely considered. This paper presents findings from interviews with 18 volunteers a...
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Based on previous community research, we prioritise the need to understand better how experiences and feelings of invisibility could be shaped by relational dynamics, interfacing with service provision, and social forces, with the overarching view of understanding better the experiences of participants living with Parkinson's disease. A photovoice...
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Men's Sheds is a growing international movement aimed at providing men with places and activities that facilitate social connectedness. Despite Men's Sheds' focus on males, little attention has been paid to masculinities within the specific context of these settings. The current study used a gender relations framework to explore the ways in which a...
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A growing body of research points to men’s groups as a benefit to communities because of their volunteerism and community-based programming. Spaces for older and retired men’s continued participation are provided including meaningful initiatives through these community resources. Little research, however, has explored groups for older men from a co...
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This research examined the prevalence and amount of care-related out-of-pocket expenditures of family caregivers and the factors that influence this spending. Secondary analysis of 2007 General Social Survey (Cycle 21) data yielded population estimates for Canadians age 45 years and older. Thirty-five percent of respondents—1.2 million Canadians—re...
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Aim: To report: 1) an analysis of the concepts of coping, adaptation and self-management in the context of managing a neurological condition; and 2) the overlap between the concepts. Background: The three concepts are often confused or used interchangeably. Understanding similarities and differences between concepts will avoid misunderstandings...
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Background: Unlike other chronic injuries, acquired brain injuries (ABI's) affect physical, cognitive, social, and emotional functioning. Although collaborative decision-making, high patient engagement, and positive healthcare relationships are generally encouraged within the patient-centred care (PCC) framework, little is known about how ABI patie...
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This article describes an innovative play board and kit called the Vidaview Life Story Board (LSB) that combines features of the genogram, eco-map, and timeline for use with therapy clients. The goal of this study was to explore and understand the experience of clients and therapists during and after therapy sessions using the LSB, with particular...
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A growing body of research points to men’s groups as a benefit to communities because of their volunteerism and community-based programming. Older and retired men’s continued participation includes developing meaningful initiatives through these community resources. Little research, however, has explored groups for older men from a community develo...
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We investigated the experiences of research assistants in their dual role as both employees and trainees, when they were employed in a complex, mixedmethods, Canadian study on the everyday experience of living with and managing a chronic condition. A total of 13 research assistants participated in one or more components of this study: a survey (n =...
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Background: The inclusion of community members and other stakeholders in the establishment of research priorities is vital to ensuring that priorities are congruent with the main concerns of affected communities. Purpose: The purpose of this project was to identify priority research topics for addressing the activity and community participation...
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Little research can be found describing abuse of older immigrant women, despite an increase in our aging population and increasing research on abuse of older adults. This article examines factors that may contribute to low levels of reporting of abuse of older immigrant women. The authors present empirical qualitative data collected through intervi...
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The Living with a Neurological Condition (LINC) study was part of the National Population Health Study of Neurological Conditions conducted in Canada. This article describes empirical original qualitative data collected in the third and final phase of this study and examines how individuals living with a neurological condition maintain continuity o...
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RÉSUMÉ Il manque de recherche spécifique qui décrit les aspects sociaux du vieillissement avec le virus de l’immunodéficience humaine/syndrome d’immunodéficience acquise (VIH/SIDA) au Canada, malgré une augmentation globale de la population viellissante et l’augmentation du nombre de ceux qui vieillissent avec le VIH/SIDA. Une revue systématique de...
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Objectives: A challenge in understanding the needs of dementia family caregivers (DFC) within the purview of dementia as a terminal illness rests on the fact that literature in this area is dispersed across disciplines and not specifically grounded within the realm of palliative care. The objective of this paper is to describe the domains of DFC n...
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Background The impact of neurological conditions on individuals, families and society is increasing and having a significant economic impact in Canada. While some economic data is known, the human costs of living with a neurological condition are poorly understood and rarely factored into future burden analyses. The “Living with the Impact of a Neu...
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Community programmes have been shown to provide social and emotional benefits for older adults. The vast majority of community programmes for older adults are either mixed-sex or female-oriented in their activities and composition. As such, there is a scarcity of both opportunities for, and research focusing on older male adults’ participation in c...
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The purpose of this qualitative study was to understand whether HIV-positive persons experience stigma in relation to HIV/AIDS and how it has impacted their lives and that of their families. Ethnographic techniques were used to collect data from Kerala, India. The findings were organized into three themes: (a) physical appearance and HIV-related st...
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Globally, the population of elderly people is rising with an increasing number of people living with dementias. This trend is coupled with a prevailing need for compassionate caretakers. A key challenge in dementia care is to assist the person to sustain communication and connection to family, caregivers and the environment. The use of social commi...
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Little research has been conducted on women living with HIV with a focus on caregiving. This paper explores data that emerged in a study examining caregiving networks among people living with HIV in the Prairies in Canada. Photovoice provided a methodology for data collection. The narratives presented suggest that while these women's lives are ridd...
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RÉSUMÉ En 2010, 500 000 Canadiens étaient atteint d’une maladie liée à une démence. On estime que le nombre des malades va doubler en environ 25 ans. Pour cause de ce groupe démographique croissant, la démence de plus en plus (le plus souvent causée par la maladie d’Alzheimer) exercera un impact significatif sur notre communauté vieillissante et se...
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The purpose of this paper is to explore how relating to the ‘whole’ person – both the physical body and the invisible aspects of the ‘self’ – is essential in the establishment of a strong therapeutic alliance between patients and health care providers. Our work is based on interviews conducted with individuals affected by neurological illnesses (pa...
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The authors explore the steps between conceptualizing a qualitative study based on Charmaz's definition of grounded theory and carrying it out in the field. We reflect on how the reality of the vulnerable population to be studied (individuals living with a condition that involves neurological decline) required us to shift our original conceptualiza...
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To describe a novel model for the development of Caregiver Networks that is based on the notion of partnership. We describe the background rationale and key elements of the Model in order to assist individuals in developing new Caregiver Networks and respite mechanisms. Provincial/territorial/state health and social service systems, unpaid caregive...
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One of the most important ethical challenges in medical care is the complex process involved in the communications about treatment with individual patients, their informal (eg families) support people, and their formal (eg health professionals) healthcare providers. It is important to recognize that communication about treatment is not a discrete a...
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The specific aim of this paper is to discuss how individuals living with Parkinson's disease and their main family supports perceive communications with each other, with a focus on their roles related to care. The paper is based on individual interviews conducted with individuals and their main family support person. The transcripts were analyzed b...
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The authors explore the steps between conceptualizing a qualitative study based on Charmaz's definition of grounded theory and carrying it out in the field. We reflect on how the reality of the vulnerable population to be studied (individuals living with a condition that involves neurological decline) required us to shift our original conceptualiza...
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This article discusses the results of a survey administered as part of a study titled, "Legislation and Service Provision Regarding Abuse and/or Neglect of Older Adults in Manitoba." Public views of mandatory reporting and knowledge of legislation were investigated in the case where an older adult is living at risk of abuse and/or neglect in Manito...
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Hearing the voices of people living with dementia assists in a better understanding of their experiences. This understanding can pave the way for improved community-based service delivery such as education and counseling, as well as including them more frequently as research participants. The voices of people living with dementia have not been well...
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This article discusses current research in the social sciences on end-of-life care and people living with dementia. Given the projected increase within the next twenty years of older adults living with dementia, end-of-life care for this demographic will become more relevant than ever before. The main themes emerging in the literature are discussed...
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The voices of people living with dementia have not been well represented in research resulting in very little data describing their end-of-life experiences. This article describes empirical qualitative data from a study that asked people with Alzheimer's and Huntington's diseases about their experiences of memory loss. Four main themes emerged, whi...
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Little attention has been paid in research to the palliative care of those dying with dementia. This literature review summarizes current research in the social sciences, including medical sociology on palliative care in the example of dementia. A designated set of search words was applied to a comprehensive set of university-based search engines t...
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People living with dementia have largely been neglected from research participation. This has resulted in little available information regarding how they may experience social changes as part of this end-of-life trajectory. This article discusses empirical data derived from research participants living with dementia regarding their experience of so...

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Projects (9)
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This book is being published with Routledge in 2021, and is being co-edited with Dr. A. Hatala.
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Our tri-provincial Prairie team continues with research on abuse of older adults living in the community.
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Routledge special collection on Religion, Spirituality, and Health. *Call for chapter submissions* Working title: Wellness amidst experiences of chronicity: A spiritual and faith-based exploration Expression of interest of abstract (200 words) due Sept. 15, 2019