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"A reluctant Odysseus” An auto-ethnographic exploration of working with asylum seekers living in direct provision

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dc.contributor.advisor Robinson, Katie
dc.contributor.author Kerwin, Sara
dc.date.accessioned 2013-07-23T13:45:27Z
dc.date.available 2013-07-23T13:45:27Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/3236
dc.description non-peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: An Asylum Seeker is defined as a person seeking refugee status. In Ireland, Asylum Seekers spend between three and eight years living in Direct Provision awaiting this status. Direct Provision provides food and shelter but limits occupational choice. Social policy and health research studies have highlighted the impropriety and multiple challenges faced by Asylum Seekers living there. Persistent denial of opportunities to engage in meaningful and necessary occupations is termed occupational deprivation. Objectives: To explore the experiences of an occupational therapy student during her participation in an occupation based intervention with Asylum Seekers living in Direct Provision. Methods: Auto-ethnography was used to explore the subjective experiences of the student. Her experience is the focus of the research. Journals, self reflections, field notes, semi structured interviews; physical and textual artefacts were gathered, discussed and critiqued by the student for thematic analysis. Results: Four themes emerged: peaks and troughs; an occupational kaleidoscope; growing; and a new lens. The experience was a transformational journey that involved many emotions and challenges but brought awareness and positive change to the student. Auto-ethnography enhanced the student’s reflective practice and understanding of occupation. Conclusions: Occupational Therapists are expertly equipped to advocate for Asylum Seekers in local and political arenas. Auto-ethnography can provide rich insights to the understanding of occupation and should be incorporated into the MSc programme to link fieldwork experience to course work. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher University of Limerick en_US
dc.subject occupational therapy en_US
dc.subject asylum seekers en_US
dc.title "A reluctant Odysseus” An auto-ethnographic exploration of working with asylum seekers living in direct provision en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_theses_dissertations en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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