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The self-determining potential of immigration and its impact on well-being : a qualitative analysis of immigrant students' post-migration future perspectives

Bohlouli, Sanaz (2020) The self-determining potential of immigration and its impact on well-being : a qualitative analysis of immigrant students' post-migration future perspectives.

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Abstract:Currently, immigration is a hot topic in Europe. Since the number of immigrant students increases in Germany and the importance of immigrant students for the development of the country is evidenced, this study focuses on the present and future perspectives of this group. The aim of this study is to explore the experienced and anticipated psychological needs of immigrant students to better understand what they require overcoming post-immigration difficulties. The fulfillment of the psychological needs: competence, autonomy and relatedness, which are based on the Self-Determination Theory, are associated with well-being. This study used a narrative approach. Future perspectives of immigrant students were obtained through the instrument 'Letter from the future'. Further, semi-interviews were conducted to analyze the rationale behind those letters and perspectives. Participants were required through purposive sampling. An adapted version of the 'Future Self-Continuity Measure' was used to gain understanding about the gap between already fulfilled psychological needs in the present and yet required psychological needs. In the future perspectives, relatedness is most important and examples for meaning of relatedness are: pride and loyalty. In the future perspectives psychological well-being is most important. Positive psychological interventions could profit from the results of this study.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/82288
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