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ERIC Number: EJ1160054
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0306-9885
Iraqi Refugee Men's Experiences of Psychotherapy: Clinical Implications and the Proposal of a Pluralistic Model
Al-Roubaiy, Najwan S.; Owen-Pugh, Valerie; Wheeler, Sue
British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, v45 n5 p463-472 2017
The psychotherapy experiences of a sample of Iraqi refugee men, in later stages of exile, were explored with the aim of shedding some light on how this client group can experience therapy. Ten adult male Iraqi refugees--who had lived in Sweden for at least five years and had been psychotherapy clients at some point during that time--were recruited for this study. Using individual semi-structured interviews (in Arabic), three main areas were explored with each participant: (1) reasons for seeking psychotherapy; (2) perceptions of the psychotherapy professional; and (3) experiences of the psychotherapy process and outcome. The interviews were then translated into English, transcribed, and then analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). Most participants/clients described exile-related stressors as their main reason for seeking psychotherapy, but some described distress due to a combination of pre-migration trauma and post-migration stress. They also found some aspects of therapy to be positive (mainly verbalising ones thoughts and feelings, and feeling less marginalised) and some negative (mainly experiencing racist or culturally insensitive treatment by therapists, and experiencing a lack of competence and transparency in therapists). The findings were explored in terms of clinical implications and a pluralistic model was proposed to address the identified needs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Iraq; Sweden
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