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Title: The process of seeking asylum in the United Kingdom
Author: Gurpinar-Morgan, Ayse
ISNI:       0000 0004 2751 7851
Awarding Body: Lancaster University
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 2011
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This thesis explores the psychological processes involved in the experiences people encounter when seeking asylum in the UK. Section one presents a narrative literature review of the impact of the social construction of asylum seekers on psychological distress. Within this review, theoretical understandings and research findings are used to explore the creation and maintenance of dominant discourses. The review discusses the influence of dominant discourses on policies of exclusion and suggests how discourses inform the social response towards asylum seekers. It is argued that socially and politically created dominant discourses contribute to legislation, policies and negative social interactions that have a direct impact on the psychological wellbeing of people seeking asylum. It is suggested that psychological services working with people seeking asylum shift their focus from individual to social change. Section two describes research that presents a theoretical understanding of the psychological processes involved in seeking asylum in the UK. The model was constructed using grounded theory methodology applied to data collection and analysis of thirteen semi- structured interviews with seven participants. The sample of people seeking asylum were all survivors of torture in their countries of origin. The findings suggest ways in which experiences whilst seeking asylum may lead to psychological distress. In particular, the model provides insight into the psychological impact of interactions with social and legal systems and structures. Clinical psychology implications are discussed and recommendations are made to improve Home Office procedures. Section three presents a reflective critical review of the process of conducting this research and documents some of the challenges negotiated from its conception to completion. The review also considers how the research has been influenced by the researcher and the emotional impact of undertaking this study on the researcher.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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