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An IPA study exploring the experiences of multiple role balance among second generation Indian women.

Sharma, Felisha Anisha (2019). An IPA study exploring the experiences of multiple role balance among second generation Indian women.. (Unpublished Doctoral thesis, City, University of London)


Previous literature suggests that Asian populations within the U.K. demonstrate increased levels of depression, anxiety and psychosocial distress (Syed, Bauluch, Duffy & Verma, 2012). Asian women, in particular, are highlighted in experiencing greater vulnerability to psychological distress attributed to pervasive cultural factors (Husain, Waheed, & Husain, 2006). Exiting literature yields inconclusive results in regard to the impacts of increased employment among Asian women. Furthermore, there is limited research in exploring the experiences of work-life balance among Asian women in the U.K. The present study aimed to convey an interpretive exploration of the experiences of Indian women in balancing their multiple roles. The purpose was to gain an understanding of how Indian women make sense of their experiences in balancing their multiple roles concerning work and family. It aims to understand the unique experiences of this specific population and attempts to gain insight on a community that has been highlighted as a high risk for
mental health-related illnesses (Bhugra & Bhui, 2003; Fazil & Cochrane, 2003). Semi-structured interviews were conducted on eight Indian women across London. Participants were between the ages of 30-50 and had children between the ages of 10- 25. I drew on Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis in developing an understanding of the phenomenon of multiple roles balancing among Indian women. The study findings highlight the experience of cultural expectations on the roles of women in impacting ones’ identity and experiences of health deterioration. The results highlight the challenges of breaking cultural and familial patterns that were considered unhealthy among the participants as they attempt to find balance among their multiple roles. Future suggestions are made in regard to the role of psychology research and clinical practice in developing greater awareness and cultural sensitivity.

Publication Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Doctoral Theses
School of Health & Psychological Sciences > School of Health & Psychological Sciences Doctoral Theses
School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Psychology
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