Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)




Children of immigrant families, including Igbo youth, have dual cultures, which sometimes pose challenges in navigating for resources essential for their health as well as their social and educational development in American society. The Igbo youth in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota) find themselves caught between two cultures, the Igbo culture of their parents who grew up in Eastern Nigeria in the 1950s, and the individualistic culture of the mid-western United States. This project explores how to successfully assist Igbo youth to meet these challenges and coexist as healthy and productive citizens living within two cultures. The project first identified significant challenges Igbo youth face as they struggle to blend two cultures. These challenges include healthcare disparities, lack of respect for less privileged or marginalized populations, identity confusion, and different health experiences based on cultural belief systems. Using Madeleine Leininger’s Theory of Culture Care Diversity and Universality, a series of culturally appropriate, community-based activities were developed and implemented to foster identity building among the youth. The evaluation and the expected outcomes of this transcultural model of community-based support can serve as a guide for healthcare providers working not only with Igbo youth, but also with other youth of diverse cultural orientations or lifeways. It can be used as a guide to assist youth to find hope, understanding, and culturally specific activities for their survival, health, and well-being.


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