Unaccompanied asylum seeking children and adolescents: exploring the role of cultural protection in relation to sexual and reproductive health
Background: Unaccompanied asylum seeking children/adolescents are evidenced to experience poorer sexual and reproductive health (SRH) outcomes, with potentially negative consequences impacting upon their long-term adaptation and well-being across the life course. Little evidence though is available that provides insight into the factors that may protect the SRH of these young people, or how these factors may operate to reduce known risks. Western universal frameworks for understanding risk and protection dominate the resilience research field, though it is argued that these may be limited in recognising culturally specific processes of protection and of being able to take account specific life contexts. The proposed study would adopt an Ecological framework to explore how cultural processes of protection may operate in the context of asylum in the UK to reduce risk, improve SRH outcomes and to promote successful adaptation and transition to adulthood. This proposed study is an offshoot from an international collaborative research partnership focusing on unaccompanied asylum seeking children and sexual and reproductive health.
1. New theoretical knowledge to contribute to strengthening the established resilience theoretical frameworks through development of cultural models of protection, risk and resilience.
2. The findings will contribute to shaping policies and services that effectively promote the protection and resilience of UASC in relation to their sexual and reproductive health in asylum settlement countries.
For further details regarding this project, please contact the named supervisor above at J.D.March-McDonald@soton.ac.uk or the Pathway Coordinator for this project L.A.Brindle@soton.ac.uk
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