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It is an amazing ability to have survived such terrible circumstances: psychological experiences of labour exploitation

Ashcroft, Yasmine; (2018) It is an amazing ability to have survived such terrible circumstances: psychological experiences of labour exploitation. Doctoral thesis (D.Clin.Psy), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

Aims: Labour exploitation has become a pertinent issue in recent times, however there is limited literature from which to draw on. This qualitative study aimed to explore the psychological experiences of labour exploitation, from the perspective of the individuals themselves and the professionals who work with them. Method: The study recruited eight clients receiving help from a London-based charity, and seven professionals from different organisations. Semi-structured interviews were conducted and client and professional accounts were analysed using thematic analysis. Results: There was significant overlap between client and professional themes. Experiences of abuse, exploitation and isolation were prevalent. There was a dichotomy in client experiences of help; with trust and positive experiences associated with charities and organisations contrasted with fear and negative experiences with the authorities. Professionals emphasised the vulnerability of this population to re-exploitation and the need for better links between services. Conclusions: The psychological experiences of labour exploitation are complex and long-lasting. The findings highlight the limited applicability of diagnosis for this population; a gap in service provision immediately after escape; and a need for long term, integrated, trauma-focused care.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: D.Clin.Psy
Title: It is an amazing ability to have survived such terrible circumstances: psychological experiences of labour exploitation
Event: UCL (University College London)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10057542
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