Resettling into a new life : exploring aspects of acculturation that could enhance the mental health of young refugees resettled under the humanitarian programme

Mulongo, P, McAndrew, S ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4681-3261 and Ayodeji, E 2020, 'Resettling into a new life : exploring aspects of acculturation that could enhance the mental health of young refugees resettled under the humanitarian programme' , International Journal Of Mental Health Nursing .

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Access Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Mulongo, P., McAndrew, S. and Ayodeji, E. (2020), Resettling into a new life: Exploring aspects of acculturation that could enhance the mental health of young refugees resettled under the humanitarian programme. Int J Mental Health Nurs., which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/inm.12777. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.

Abstract

Globally, the exodus of individuals who have been forced to flee their home and seek refuge in countries of safety has led to a refugee crisis. The United Kingdom (UK) has engaged with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in playing a significant role in the long-term resettlement of refugees, half of whom are children and young people. One initiative of such humanitarian resettlement is the Gateway Protection Programme (GPP). To date, there is a dearth of studies investigating aspects of acculturation that affect the mental health of young refugees resettled under the UNHCR humanitarian programme. This study aimed to explore aspects of acculturation that could enhance the mental health of GPP young refugees several years after resettlement. Using narrative research, a purposive sample of 31 GPP young refugees, who had a minimum of three-year stay in the UK, were recruited from local refugee community organizations. Data were collected through a multi-method design combining focus group discussions (FGDs) with visual arts-based narrative research (VABNR) and analysed thematically. Three overarching themes emerged: People and places; Its nearly all new to me; and Finding self. This study contributes important knowledge regarding the mental well-being of young people who have engaged in a resettlement programme and offers valuable information for policymakers and mental health professionals working with GPP young refugees.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal Of Mental Health Nursing
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1445-8330
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Depositing User: SL McAndrew
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2020 11:20
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2020 11:30
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/58011

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