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Title: Cultural factors in the provision of psychological support
Author: Watts, Samuel
Awarding Body: Lancaster University
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 2012
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Section one of this thesis considers the impact of culture on the therapeutic relationship. A metasynthesis of client experiences of cross cultural therapy is presented, which generated three themes. The first recognises the assumption of difference in a cross-cultural therapeutic relationship and the assumption that lived experience is qualitatively different from what can be learned by a therapist. The second elaborates the processes by which clients bridge this assumed divide in order to get benefit from therapy, including divorcing problems from the context of their culture. The third explores the emergence of the known variables of therapeutic relationship in this context. Clinical implications and the importance of recognising individual context in therapy is discussed. Section two of this thesis reports an interpretative phenomenological analysis of the experiences of six Islamic scholars in supporting members of the community. Four themes were derived from this analysis 'Building a personal relationship with the ultimate authority'; 'Treating the whole person'; 'God's Medicine'; and 'Duty bound to help'. The implications of these themes for the process of supporting people of Muslim faith are considered and the development of closer relationships with other support providers discussed. The third section of this thesis critically reviews and reflects upon the above research and explores the use of qualitative research as a cultural outsider and the process of developing and carrying out cross cultural research including reflections on the specific process of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis in this research context.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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