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Title: The acculturation of Russian women immigrants to the UK : difficulties experienced and implications for counselling psychology
Author: Vincent, T.
Awarding Body: University of Wales
Current Institution: Regent's University London
Date of Award: 2013
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This qualitative study explores the phenomena of the acculturation and psychological adaptation of female immigrants from the former Soviet Union, who permanently live in the UK. The specific aims of this research are to explore and describe the Russian speaking women's shared and unique experiences, the impact of migration on their identity, factors that hinder and facilitate their acculturation, and their idiosyncratic experience of and attitude towards professional psychological help. Eight semi-structured interviews are qualitatively analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Results of this research show the diversity, complexity and the dynamic nature of the acculturation process. A variety of the participants' experiences appears to challenge some "classic" acculturation theories; their narratives cast the new light on the role of immigrants' ethnic identity and personality's characteristics in their ability to create the unique adaptive strategies. Participants' help-seeking strategies were influenced by their sense of identity, cultural values emphasising family and community support, and previous experience with counselling services. Although the women's overall attitude towards mental health help appears to be sceptical, there is a demand for professional assistance as they are shown to be continually working at the meanings they give to their acculturation experiences. This doctoral thesis can serve towards a better understanding of the Russian-speaking female migrant's situation and inform those concerned of the possible implications.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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