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Title: The mental health of Kurdish women surviving migration
Author: Hardi, Choman
ISNI:       0000 0001 3531 3144
Awarding Body: University of Kent
Current Institution: University of Kent
Date of Award: 2005
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This research is a qualitative study of the mental health of Kurdish women refugees in the UK. It focuses on the difficulties faced by twenty women, the factors that help them cope and the opportunities they have in the UK. Their length of stay varies from one and a half to over ten years. The research has recorded their narratives and experiences of seeking asylum, settling down, acculturation, possible discrimination and the opportunities they have access to. One of the conclusions of this research is that a holistic approach is required to deal with the needs of refugees as articulated by themselves. Despite the difficulties that these women face in the UK, many of them are strong and vibrant individuals who have adopted new ways of living and adjusted to the new country successfully. In this study great variety has been found between women's experiences of migration countering homogenising discourse on refugees. Great variety was also found regarding women's life choices, countering stereotypes of Muslim, Middle Eastern women. The fieldwork for this study commenced in December 2001 and ended January 2003. It began in London and extended to Hull where some refugees are dispersed.
Supervisor: Williams, Jennie Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: H Social Sciences