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Forced migration and psychosocial health: meaning-making through autobiographical narratives in the UK
Forced migration and psychosocial health: meaning-making through autobiographical narratives in the UK

Author(s): Maria Psoinos
Subject(s): Psychology, Geography, Regional studies, Social psychology and group interaction, Methodology and research technology, Health and medicine and law, Migration Studies
Published by: Transnational Press London
Keywords: UK; migration; forced migration; psychosocial health; autobiographical narratives; meaning-making;
Summary/Abstract: This paper explores how refugees in the UK perceive the relation between their experience of migration and their psychosocial health. Autobiographical narrative interviews were carried out with fifteen refugees residing in the UK. The findings reveal a contrast between the negative stereotypes concerning refugees’ psychosocial health and the participants’ own perceptions. Two of the three emerging narratives suggest a more balanced view of refugees’ psychosocial health, since in contrast to the stereotypes most participants did not perceive this through the lens of ‘vulnerability’. The third narrative revealed that a hostile social context can negatively shape refugees’ perceptions of their psychosocial health. This runs counter to the stereotype of refugees as being exclusively responsible for their ‘passiveness’ and therefore for the problems they face.

  • Page Range: 107-118
  • Page Count: 12
  • Publication Year: 2019
  • Language: English