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Title: The experience of bereavement-related grief in British Sri Lankan Tamil people : an IPA study
Author: Arulgnanaseelan, Juliet A.
ISNI:       0000 0004 8503 0558
Awarding Body: University of Surrey
Current Institution: University of Surrey
Date of Award: 2019
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Bereavement and the role of meaning-making, in relation to the field of Counselling Psychology has only been of academic interest in the last 20 years. This study attempts to explore the experience of British Sri Lankan Tamil people when faced with bereavement-related grief. The aim of this study is to elucidate the meanings and values of contextualising bereavement within an ethnic minority group such as the Sri Lankan Tamil community who live and have adjusted to the British culture. Semi-structured interviews with seven British Sri Lankan Tamil people were conducted and analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). Four super-ordinate themes emerged from the data: 'The bereaved person's vulnerability', 'Negotiating a bicultural identity', 'Growing in resilience' and 'Re-evaluating the purpose of life'. Findings highlight a tension between the participants' personal pain of loss and how they negotiate this pain within a collective Sri Lankan Tamil community in the UK. Implications for Counselling Psychology and recommendations for future research are also discussed.
Supervisor: Maragkou, Evangelia Sponsor: University of Surrey
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Psych.) Qualification Level: Doctoral