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Title: South Asians in the United Kingdom and specialist services
Author: Mistry, Tina
ISNI:       0000 0004 2724 7679
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2011
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Chapter one is a literature review of the psychosocial factors which influence alcohol use in British South Asian men. Critical analysis of fourteen research articles revealed differences between first and second-generation South Asian men. The influence of religion, parental beliefs and acculturation were reported within the literature to affect alcohol use. The literature highlighted the issue of stigma and lack of awareness of services as barriers for treatment seeking. Additionally, the effect of religious and cultural beliefs of alcohol use may also discourage support from services. Chapter two investigated the experiences of British South Asian women who accessed psychological treatment within a cancer service using in-depth semistructured interviews. Key informants participated in focus groups to gain experiences of staff who had worked with South Asian communities. Using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, the findings elicited themes which illustrated that the South Asian women held pre-existing beliefs about psychological services. They also described their psychological journey of cancer treatment and the impact on their family, friends and differences between generations was reported. Analysis of the key informants' focus group data highlighted the theme of challenges faced by the South Asian patients and the staff. This article provided evidence for better education and awareness for South Asian communities and staff. Chapter three is a reflective article on the process of conducting the empirical research. The article addressed the reasons that influenced the researcher to conduct the study. Issues that had arisen were of the effect of 'sameness and difference' between the researcher and participants and the impact of qualitative research methodology and empowerment. A reflection of the impact from the interview accounts was also discussed.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: HT Communities. Classes. Races ; RC Internal medicine