Dataset for "(Mis)recognition in the Therapeutic Alliance: The Experience of Mental-Health Interpreters Working with Refugees in UK Clinical Settings"

Mental health interpreters play a crucial role in clinical support for refugees by providing a bridge between client and clinician. Yet research on interpreters’ experiences and perspectives is remarkably sparse. In this study, semi-structured interviews with mental health interpreters explored the experience of working in clinical settings with refugees. The dataset consists of 10 semi-structured interviews conducted with mental health interpreters in London, UK.

We conducted inductive analysis informed by a reflexive thematic analytic approach. Our analysis identifies interpreters’ pleasure in being part of people’s recovery; offset by the pain of misrecognition by clinicians that signals low-worth and invisibility. Three sites of tension that create dilemmas for interpreters are identified: maintaining professional boundaries, managing privately shared information; and recognizing cultural norms. These findings are discussed in terms of the implications for clinicians working with interpreters, with a focus on the importance of a relationship of trust founded on recognition of the interpreters’ role and the unique challenges they face.

Keywords:
interviews, qualitative, mental health, interpreters
Subjects:
Psychology

Cite this dataset as:
Blackwood, L., Hassan, H., 2020. Dataset for "(Mis)recognition in the Therapeutic Alliance: The Experience of Mental-Health Interpreters Working with Refugees in UK Clinical Settings". Bath: University of Bath Research Data Archive. Available from: https://doi.org/10.15125/BATH-00927.

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Creators

Leda Blackwood
University of Bath

Hibah Hassan
Oxford University

Coverage

Collection date(s):

From 1 July 2018 to 30 September 2018

Geographical coverage:

London, UK

Documentation

Data collection method:

The dataset consists of 10 semi-structured interviews conducted with mental health interpreters in London, UK.

Data processing and preparation activities:

Interviews have been anonymised with any information that could identify the participants or others removed.

Technical details and requirements:

All information on data contained in Methods section of article.

Funders

Self-funded

Publication details

Publication date: 31 October 2020
by: University of Bath

Version: 1

DOI: https://doi.org/10.15125/BATH-00927

URL for this record: https://researchdata.bath.ac.uk/id/eprint/927

Related articles

Hassan, H. and Blackwood, L., 2020. (Mis)recognition in the Therapeutic Alliance: The Experience of Mental Health Interpreters Working With Refugees in U.K. Clinical Settings. Qualitative Health Research, p.104973232096658. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732320966586.

Contact information

Please contact the Research Data Service in the first instance for all matters concerning this item.

Contact person: Leda Blackwood

Departments:

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
Psychology