An exploration of refugees, post traumatic stress disorder and quality of life

Scott, C. R. (2012) An exploration of refugees, post traumatic stress disorder and quality of life. D.Clin.Psych. thesis, Canterbury Christ Church University.

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Abstract

Section A presents a literature review which aims to consolidate the theoretical and empirical psychological research regarding refugees’ post-migration, to clarify and further understand their psychological experiences and needs. The literature search yielded papers which are divided into four sections: refugees and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); refugees, complicated grief and cultural bereavement; refugees, resettlement and acculturation; and refugees and Quality of Life (QoL). The review highlights key findings and areas requiring further exploration.
Section B reports an exploratory narrative study which aims to explore the role of QoL in the narratives of refugees with a diagnosis of PTSD. Episodic semi-structured interviews were conducted with seven refugees (5 males, 2 females), and analysed using narrative thematic, structural and performance analysis. The results illustrated containing and consistent support was important in progressing the transition from suffering during asylum-seeking to a refugee with hope, and improved QoL and psychological health. The results are applied to theory and research, and limitations of the study are discussed.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Refugees, post traumatic stress disorder, quality of life, narrative analysis
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV0640 Refugee problems
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > RA0790 Mental health services. Mental illness prevention
Divisions: pre Nov-2014 > Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > Applied Psychology
Depositing User: Mrs Kathy Chaney
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2012 16:44
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2016 10:54
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/11320

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