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Title: The experiences of young people appealing asylum decisions : a thematic analysis
Author: Lloyd, Theodore
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2019
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This volume is comprised of three parts. Part 1 is a systematic review of the empirical evidence on the effects of secondary trauma (i.e. working with traumatised clients or exposure to traumatic material) on legal professionals. Based on eleven studies, the review found that legal professionals exposed to secondary trauma appear to be at risk of experiencing a range of negative outcomes, although the majority of the current evidence does not prove that these meet clinical levels or lead to significant distress and/or occupational impairment. Part 2 presents my empirical research. The study used Thematic Analysis of interview data to explore the experiences of seven young men who arrived in the UK as unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and subsequently had to appeal negative asylum decisions in court. Participants described the emotional and psychological impact of their journeys through the asylum system, suggesting that the appeal process had significantly contributed to their levels of distress and either precipitated or maintained mental health problems. Their accounts indicated that they felt at a significant disadvantage during the legal process due to issues with trust, communication, and the division of power. Finally, Part 3 is a critical appraisal that considers some of the conceptual, ethical and practical issues I encountered while conducting my empirical research.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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