Post-trafficking wellbeing

Birkett, J. (2018) Post-trafficking wellbeing. D.Clin.Psychol. thesis, Canterbury Christ Church University.

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Previous research suggests that human trafficking (HT) can have multiple adverse effects, which can then interact with post-trafficking environmental factors to further impact wellbeing. A version of participatory action research (PAR) was employed to explore how a community arts project was experienced and ways it supported psychological wellbeing post-trafficking. A total of eleven participants took part including ten women who had experienced HT and one project organiser.

Data collection involved six participants. Data was analysed using thematic analysis. Five themes were developed, exploring challenges and restorative influences to wellbeing including: disconnection and connection to others; disorientation and becoming orientated to the local community; feelings of worthlessness and developing self-worth; fear and the development of trust; and low mood and the helpfulness of engaging in activities.

Findings suggested that the project helped individuals experience belonging, build trust and use the group as a “secure base”, which supported post-trafficking wellbeing. The role of art as metaphor and a vehicle for agency is also discussed. Clinical and research implications and limitations are also considered.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Human trafficking; community arts; post-trafficking; participatory action research; community psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0636 Applied psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology > Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology
Depositing User: Miss Rosemary Cox
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2018 13:48
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2019 15:46

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