Rights and advocacy in research with East Timorese asylum seekers in Australia: a comparative analysis of two studies

Rees, Susan, and Silove, Derrick (2006) Rights and advocacy in research with East Timorese asylum seekers in Australia: a comparative analysis of two studies. Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, 4 (2). pp. 49-68.

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This paper aims to derive lessons from a retrospective and comparative analysis of two previously unconnected projects that assessed the well-being of East Timorese asylum seekers residing in Australia. Despite disciplinary differences between psychiatry and social science research, overlapping philosophies and approaches emphasizing human rights and well-being paradigms were adopted. Drawing on these experiences, we explore the unique circumstances of East Timorese asylum seekers in Australia, and the applicability and positive effects of human rights-focused research and related methodologies including researcher- advocacy research amongst minority groups exposed to trauma and ongoing political pressures. Key issues examined include the complexities of adopting multi-method frameworks of investigation; individual and collective benefits in responding to a need for direct intervention, challenges in engaging an alienated community, and the need to frame the research and the intervention in an historical and political context. In addition, the process allowed us to confront some key challenges in the field, especially the relevance of traumatic stress and its treatment in assisting marginalized asylum seekers.

Item ID: 1765
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: East Timorese, asylum seekers, human rights, advocacy research
ISSN: 1556-2948
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2007
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences @ 100%
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