Psychosocial well-being of African migrant children in Ireland: a cultural orientation

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dc.contributor.advisorVeale, Angelaen
dc.contributor.advisorO'Sullivan, David
dc.contributor.authorMasheti, Naomi W.
dc.description.abstractThis thesis explores the psychosocial wellbeing of sub-Saharan African migrant children in Ireland. A sociocultural ecological (Psychosocial Working Group, 2003) and resilience lens (Masten & Obradovic, 2008; Ungar, 2011) is used to analyse the experiences of African migrant children in Ireland. The research strategy employs a mixed-methods design, combining both an etic and emic perspective. Grounded theory inquiry (Strauss and Corbin, 1994) explores the experiences of African migrant children in Ireland by drawing on multi-sited observations over a period of six months in 2009, and on interviews and focus group discussions conducted with African children (aged 13-18), mothers and fathers. An emically derived ‘African Migrant Child Psychosocial Well-being’ scale was developed by drawing on data gathered through rapid ethnographic (RAE) free listing exercises carried out in Cork, Dublin and Dundalk with sixty-one participants (N=21 adults, N=28 15-18-year-olds, N=12 12-14-year-olds) and three African community key informants to elicit local understandings of psychosocial well-being. This newly developed scale was used alongside standardised measures of well-being to quantitatively measure the psychosocial adjustment of 233 African migrant children in Cork, Dublin and Dundalk aged 11-18. Findings indicate that the psychosocial wellbeing of the study population is satisfactory when benchmarked against the psychosocial health profile of Irish youth (Dooley & Fitzgerald, 2012). These findings are similar to trends reported in international literature in this field (Georgiades et al., 2006; Gonneke, Stevens, Vollebergh, 2008; Sampson et al., 2005). Study findings have implications for advancing psychosocial research methods with non-Western populations and on informing the practice of Irish professionals, mainly in the areas of teaching, psychology and community work.en
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dc.identifier.citationMasheti, N. W. 2014. Psychosocial well-being of African migrant children in Ireland: a cultural orientation. PhD Thesis, University College Cork.en
dc.publisherUniversity College Corken
dc.rights© 2014, Naomi Masheti.en
dc.subjectAfrican migrant children in Irelanden
dc.titlePsychosocial well-being of African migrant children in Ireland: a cultural orientationen
dc.typeDoctoral thesisen
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD (Arts)en
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