“Their stories have changed my life”: Clinicians’ reflections on their experience with and their motivation to conduct asylum evaluations Journal Article


Authors: Mishori, R.; Hannaford, A.; Mujawar, I.; Ferdowsian, H.; Kureshi, S.
Article Title: “Their stories have changed my life”: Clinicians’ reflections on their experience with and their motivation to conduct asylum evaluations
Abstract: Many clinicians perform asylum evaluations yet no studies describe the motivation to perform them or their perceived rewards. The number of asylum seekers in the US is increasing and more clinicians are needed as evaluators. A survey to an asylum evaluators’ network asked participants to qualitatively reflect on their experience and motivation. Answers were analyzed for themes and sentiment. Respondents cited commitment to humanistic and moral values, noted personal and family experiences, having skills, expertise, and career interests as drivers. They found the experience very rewarding personally and professionally, and in their perceived benefit to asylees. Negative sentiment was less frequent and centered on emotions related to client narratives. Process-oriented frustrations were also noted. This is the first published study describing clinicians’ motivation and experience with asylum evaluations. It may illuminate clinicians’ drive to volunteer, and serve as a resource for organizations for recruitment and education. © 2014, Springer Science+Business Media New York.
Keywords: volunteerism; human rights; asylum evaluation; asylum seekers; underserved care
Journal Title: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Volume: 18
Issue: 1
ISSN: 1557-1912
Publisher: Springer  
Date Published: 2016-02-01
Start Page: 210
End Page: 218
Language: English
DOI: 10.1007/s10903-014-0144-2
PROVIDER: scopus
PUBMED: 25527443
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Notes: Article -- Export Date: 3 February 2016 -- Source: Scopus
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