Clinical interpretations of emotions, psychological needs, and ways of coping associated with cultural identity: an interpretative phenomenological analysis

Büyükaşık Çolak, Canan
This thesis analyzes the experiences associated with cultural identity, emotions and psychological needs elicited from those experiences, and how individuals cope with them among one of the cultural group in Turkey. Qualitative methodology was applied and analyses were done by using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Nine participants were interviewed twice, almost with one week interval. The participants age range changes between 18 and 70. At the end of the analyses seven superordinate themes; namely ‘the process of ethnic identity formation’, ‘definition of the cultural identity’, ‘the perceived image of cultural identity’, ‘negative experiences related to cultural identity’, ‘emotions accompanying the process of one’s realization of his/her identity and negative experiences’, ‘psychological needs elicited from the narratives’, and ‘coping with negative emotions elicited from identity formation process and negative experiences’ and many subordinate themes related with them were emerged. The emerged themes are discussed in the light of the identity literature and Lacanian concepts.


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Citation Formats
C. Büyükaşık Çolak, “Clinical interpretations of emotions, psychological needs, and ways of coping associated with cultural identity: an interpretative phenomenological analysis,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2017.