A qualitative study of the career aspirations of resettled young Sudanese and Somali refugees

Tihabano K.N. and Schweitzer R. (2007) A qualitative study of the career aspirations of resettled young Sudanese and Somali refugees. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 17 1-2: 13-22.

Author Tihabano K.N.
Schweitzer R.
Title A qualitative study of the career aspirations of resettled young Sudanese and Somali refugees
Journal name Journal of Psychology in Africa   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1433-0237
Publication date 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 17
Issue 1-2
Start page 13
End page 22
Total pages 10
Subject 3200 Psychology
Abstract The study documents and explicates the academic experiences, visions, hopes and desires which shape the vocational aspirations of young Sudanese and a Somali refugee who have resettled in Australia. Semi-structured Interviews were conducted to examine the experiences of a sample of 14 young resettled refugees in Brisbane, Australia. Adopting a qualitative methodology, the interviews covered the aspirations of the participants across three time periods: life in the country of origin, transit and resettlement. Participants expressed high ambitions despite their experiences of school disruption pre resettlement and language difficulties post resettlement. The situation in the country of origin emerged as influential upon their aspirations in both pre and resettlement life. English language difficulties emerged as the most common consideration influencing aspirations following resettlement. A number of considerations were found that influenced their vocational aspirations before and after resettlement. Such considerations may enlighten service providers working with resettled young African refugees. Copyright
Keyword Aspirations
Career
Qualitative
Refugees
Sudanese
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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