International aid workers’ experience of support – an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis.

Serning, Niklas (2011) International aid workers’ experience of support – an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. PhD thesis, Middlesex University. [Thesis]

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This dissertation explores the experience of support by international aid workers deploying to, being in and returning from complex emergencies. Seven participants were interviewed using semi structured interviews focusing on the experience of support, and the material was analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis - IPA. Three superordinate themes were identified, the first highlighted the ease with which peer support (colleagues and friends around you, family back home et cetera) was often experienced, the second pertained to the difficulty with which formal support (in-organization counselling support, support from management et cetera) was often
experienced, and finally the third superordinate theme detailed the experience of being on mission, where the strongest finding centred on difficulties in the returning home process. Existing literature on international aid workers’ experience of support was utilised in order to shed light on the results, and existential migrant themes also proved useful in order to clarify the material. The clinical significance of the study included a recommendation for awareness building on the difficulty of
coming home from missions, a focus on peer support and also ensuring that counsellors are familiar or have experience of the international aid workers’ situation in the field. The choice of IPA as method was deemed a useful one. Its clear guidelines coupled with a solid methodological
grounding informed both the quality of the interviews as well as the sensitivity and depth of the analysis. Further qualitative research on neighbouring areas and also quantitative research on this area was called for.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Additional Information: Submitted to the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling and Middlesex University Psychology Department in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Existential Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy.
Keywords (uncontrolled): Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, IPA, international aid workers, experience of support, existential migrants.
Research Areas: B. > Theses
A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
C. Collaborative Partners > New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling (NSPC)
Item ID: 8134
Depositing User: Devika Mohan
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2011 06:41
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2022 00:50

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