Post-trafficking wellbeing

PhD Thesis

Birkett, J. 2018. Post-trafficking wellbeing. PhD Thesis Canterbury Christ Church University Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology
AuthorsBirkett, J.
TypePhD Thesis
Qualification nameDClinPsychol

Previous research suggests that human trafficking (HT) can have multiple adverse effects, which can then interact with post-trafficking environmental factors to further impact wellbeing. A version of participatory action research (PAR) was employed to explore how a community arts project was experienced and ways it supported psychological wellbeing post-trafficking. A total of eleven participants took part including ten women who had experienced HT and one project organiser.

Data collection involved six participants. Data was analysed using thematic analysis. Five themes were developed, exploring challenges and restorative influences to wellbeing including: disconnection and connection to others; disorientation and becoming orientated to the local community; feelings of worthlessness and developing self-worth; fear and the development of trust; and low mood and the helpfulness of engaging in activities.

Findings suggested that the project helped individuals experience belonging, build trust and use the group as a “secure base”, which supported post-trafficking wellbeing. The role of art as metaphor and a vehicle for agency is also discussed. Clinical and research implications and limitations are also considered.

KeywordsHuman trafficking; community arts; post-trafficking; participatory action research; community psychology
Publication process dates
Deposited01 Nov 2018
SubmittedApr 2018
Output statusUnpublished
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