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Title: Intersections of culture, gender and otherness : implications for counselling psychology
Author: Jakubiec, Patrycja
ISNI:       0000 0004 2713 4607
Awarding Body: City University
Current Institution: City, University of London
Date of Award: 2011
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This portfolio consists of four parts: an overview, a research study, a client study and a critical literature review. Overview: The first part presents the main themes of the portfolio and introduces the researcher. Research: The study explores the experiences of Polish people who migrated to the United Kingdom after May 2004. Twelve Poles were interviewed about their personal perspectives on the processes of acculturation they experienced. Data resulting from these interviews was analysed using the constructivist version of grounded theory (Charmaz, 2003) with particular focus on personal reflexivity. Following the transctription and analysis of interviews Negotiating Identity was chosen as the core category. Findings suggest that the core category was connected with processes related to experienced difficulties and coping, changes in family dynamics as a result of migration and interpersonal relationships with other Poles and ‘’Others’’ met in the UK. The study is of relevance to the Counselling Psychology and provides valuable insights into the lives of a relatively new, but increasingly significant and growing ethnic minority in Britain. Client study: The study explores my work with a bisexual mixed-race woman using a Cognitive Behaviour approach to address her low self-esteem and substance misuse problems. I reflect on both the therapeutic successes and challenges involved in my work with this client. The study is of relevance for the portfolio as it discusses the impact of not being able to ‘’fit in’’ within the established social norms regarding gender roles and sexuality and using the therapeutic relationship to facilitate the change and increase client’s self-acceptance. Critical Literature Review: The review focuses on intersections of gender and culture and reviews a number of relevant theories, including individualism and collectivism, help seeking behaviours and love styles across cultures. Different perspectives on interpreting findings are presented together with implications for the Counselling Psychology research and practice.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF Psychology