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Title: South Asian Women and Girls: Culture Conflict, Coping and Psychological Wellbeing
Author: Prajapati, Sheetal
ISNI:       0000 0001 3498 4384
Awarding Body: Coventry University
Current Institution: Coventry University
Date of Award: 2007
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The increased rates ofpsychological distress in immigrant South Asian women and adolescent girls have been widely documented, along wIth their tendency to· 1- -.---- ..... _ ... .1_ •. '1. ..... '. __'. v· -_. ---......__. ,_ ..~ . __....._y!....'=' .. ~. , • .).'':'':'_ underutilise mental health services. Empirical studies on the causes ofdistress in this group are noticeably scant, however, culture conflict, or the dissonance between traditional and Western values, has been offered as a common explanation. Little is· also known about the coping strategies that South Asian females utilise and how these may relate to help seeking behaviour. Given the paucity ofliterature in this field, further research exploring culture conflict issues, strategies for managing distress and their implications for services is necessitated. Chapter one in this thesis reviews studies implicating culture conflict as a precipitating factor in the psychological morbidity of South Asian adolescent females living in the . West. The literature is reviewed on conceptual and methodological grounds to assess the credibility ofthe culture conflict hypothesis as precursor to distress in this group. The second chapter presents an empirical study, where a grounded theory approach is adopted to explore culture conflict, coping and help seeking behaviour in an adult community sample ofHindu South Asian women. Finally, the third chapter is a reflective paper which encapsulates the primary investigator's reflections on salient aspects ofthe research process. /
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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