An Interpretative Phenomenological Research on the mothering experiences of migrant women from Turkey in the UK

Barış Şahbudak, Sevde
The study aimed to gain an in-depth understanding of Turkish-speaking migrant women’s mothering experiences in the United Kingdom and explore how sociocultural factors influence their mothering experiences by exploring the comparison of their mothering experiences in Turkey and the United Kingdom. Through purposive sampling, the study was conducted with 8 migrant mothers all of whom have a child or children between the ages of 1-12, who had an opportunity to experience their mothering experiences both in their mother country Turkey and the United Kingdom, have the same type of visa (as an owner of Turkish Businessperson Visa or dependent of Turkish Businessperson visa), and live in the migrated country from 1 year to 5 years. Semi-structured and face-to-face interviews were conducted with each of the eight participants. Interviews were analyzed by Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis and three superordinate themes emerged based on the results of the analysis. These were “Meaning of motherhood: Experiencing the extremities”, “Becoming a migrant: Breaking the shell”, and “Becoming a migrant mother: Breaking the shell twice at the same time.” Findings, implications for psychological counseling practices, and limitations of the present study were discussed depending on the relevant literature.


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Citation Formats
S. Barış Şahbudak, “An Interpretative Phenomenological Research on the mothering experiences of migrant women from Turkey in the UK,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2022.