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Title: Coping with the process of forced resettlement : a qualitative approach with Somali refugee young people and front-line services
Author: Kaliniecka, Helena
Awarding Body: University of Surrey
Current Institution: University of Surrey
Date of Award: 2012
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Introduction: Somali refugees are one of the biggest refugee groups in the UK. Existing research suggests refugee young people are at increased risk of psychological distress and problems but under-utilise mental-health services. Despite these concerns, experiences of forced resettlement from Somali refugee young people's and front-line services' perspectives are under-researched. Objective: This study aims to address the following research question with Somali accompanied refugee young people (SARYP): 'How do accompanied refugee young people from Somalia negotiate and interpret the process of forced resettlement?'. Method: A qualitative methodology employing semi-structured interviews was used. Four girls and one boy aged 13-19 years old, who had experienced forced resettlement from Somalia and were accompanied by a family member to the UK, were interviewed. The interviews were analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. A focus group was also conducted with four front-line service professionals who had experience of working with SARYP. The focus group was analysed using thematic analysis. Results: Five master themes emerged from the interviews: (1) 'Pre- migration: Threat as ever-present', (2) 'Forced resettlement as affecting interpersonal connections, attachments, and roles', (3) 'Forced resettlement as negotiating difference: Struggles to develop sense of self, (4) 'Individual coping strategies: 'Being strong' - Reframing for sense of control and agency', and (5) 'Coping within relationships, communities and contexts'. Seven master themes also emerged from the focus group. Discussion: Themes are discussed in the context of existing research and theory. Clinical practice, service development and policy implications, limitations of the present study, and suggestions for future research, are also considered Conclusion: Findings suggest that whilst SAR YP adopt active coping strategies in managing multiple adjustment difficulties throughout the process of forced resettlement, expression of their distress and their wish for support from others is concealed. The role of self-agency and availability of supportive others were central to facilitating coping for SARYP during this process
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Psych.D) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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