Exploring the experiences of miscarriage and help seeking afterwards amongst black women

Adekeye, Elizabeth Abiodun Oluwaseyi

Clinical psychology
April 2021

Thesis or dissertation

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This portfolio consists of: a systematic literature review, an empirical paper and supporting appendices. The thesis explored Black women’s experiences of miscarriage and the help-seeking behaviours afterwards as well as barriers.
Part one is a systematic literature review evaluating the literature regarding Black women and mental health help seeking. The systematic search of databases yielded 7 papers all of which were evaluated using the NICE quality checklist. Thematic synthesis was used to analyse the studies. The findings are discussed and implications for further research and service provision proposed.
Part two is an empirical paper describing a qualitative study. The study explored the experiences that Black women had of their miscarriage(s), what support was sought and what barriers they encountered. Twelve women who self-identified as Black participated in a semi-structured interview and transcripts were analysed using thematic analysis. Findings described the key themes regarding the miscarriage experience for Black women, what support is helpful and what barriers arose that hinder support from being received. The findings are discussed and implications for future research and service provision proposed.
Part three consists of the appendices that support the systematic literature review and the empirical paper. Included is also an epistemological statement that describes the stance of the researcher and a reflective statement of the process of carrying out the systematic review and empirical paper.

Department of Psychological Health, Wellbeing and Social Work
Schlösser, Annette
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