The development of Migrants' Perception of Public Attitudes Scale (MPPAS)

Jessica Deol
Psychotherapists' play an important role in supporting the forcibly displaced population psychologically, given their evaluated risk of experiencing mental health difficulties. This review aimed to synthesised research that has investigated the experiences of psychotherapists' working with asylum seekers and/or refugees. Method: Four databases (PsychInfo, CINHAL, Web of Science and Medline) were systematically searched. Fifteen eligible papers were identified through the search or via reference
more » ... chaining. A meta ethnography synthesis was employed to analyse this data. Results: The synthesis generated six key concepts and a line of argument synthesis from the themes and concepts outlined in the papers. The main concepts were the magnitude of stressors impacting asylum seekers and/or refugee clients, adaptation to therapy, personal and professional identities, support needs of the psychotherapist, organisational context and socio-political landscape. There were 16 identified themes generated from these six key concepts. Conclusion: This review identified specific adaptations to therapy and support needs for psychotherapists when working therapeutically with asylum seekers and refugees, given their trauma and mental health difficulties, socio-political injustices, and cultural differences Keywords: Refugee; asylum seeker; mental health; delivering therapy; psychotherapist experiences; meta ethnography. 1. The general public values migrants coming to the UK to seek an education. 2. The general public views migrants as being motivated to gain skills and education. 3. The general public uses their knowledge about migrants' country of origin to inform their opinions about them 4. The general public understands why migrants come to the UK. 5. The general public uses the media to form opinions of migrants. 6. The general public wants policies and laws that are fairer towards migrants 7. The general public recognise the importance of migrants having access to secure housing and job opportunities. 8. The general public understands well that migrants' need time and resources to learn English when they arrive in the UK. 9. The general public is welcoming and accepting of migrants'. 10. The general public understands the importance of sharing government resources with migrants. 11. The general public does not simply think that migrants are 'filling up' the country. 12. The general public believes that the diversity that migrants bring is good for the UK. 13. The general public enjoys celebrating the culture and traditions of migrants. 14. The general public provides adequate support in communities to help migrants to integrate into life in this country. Appendix U. 14-item Migrants Perception of Public Attitudes Scale (MPPAS)
doi:10.17638/03154429 fatcat:hgx6voh3lrgbnidnnqqtq2daju