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Title: A phenomenological investigation into migrant Turkish women : issues of choice and implications for therapy
Author: Ari, Hatice
Awarding Body: University of Wales
Current Institution: Regent's University London
Date of Award: 2012
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The study explores what it is like for migrant Turkish women, living in the UK, to make choices. This is followed by an exploration of the implications of these findings, for therapeutic intervention, when working with this client group. Being a migrant Turkish woman is approached as an existential life situation and making choices for this group is considered within this framework. Key areas of interest such as differences in cultural and gender norms, both within and across cultural boundaries, have been explored and how these may or may not influence Turkish migrant women’s decision making processes in the new host setting. This is particularly important in the field of counselling psychology because the awareness of such cultural dynamics may contribute to the implementation of appropriate intervention techniques within the therapeutic relationship.︣Eight participants were interviewed, all being women who have emigrated from Turkey to the UK for various reasons. Each interview transcript was analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis to capture the meaning of the participants’ narratives and through individual experiences four master themes have been identified.︣The findings highlight that the cultural-gendered contexts of Turkish migrant women’s lives do influence the way in which these women make their choices. Furthermore, the findings show that individual differences are central to the maintenance and/or rejection of culturally bound values and beliefs for Turkish migrant women when making choices in the host country. Whilst some participants achieved high levels of psychological adjustment in the UK others maintaining traditional gender roles were, by and large, separated from mainstream society, predominantly socialising with other Turkish immigrants. The findings also indicate the extent to which identity issues are important in understanding Turkish migrant women’s feelings of belonging.︣From these findings various suggestions have been put forward to address the issue of cross-cultural therapeutic competency that specifically attends to the concerns of this client group. The apparent differences in the degree to which this sample of Turkish migrant women experience making choices indicate there are certain limitations to this research and that pre-migration trends, including aspects such as the value placed on religion, education and family, have not been fully accounted for.
Supervisor: Ritter, Dominik Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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