Understanding the development and experience of self-harm in young Pakistani women in Karachi and Birmingham
Funded by the Global Challenges Scholarship scheme under the theme youth mental health, the aim of the research is to explore conceptualisations and experiences of self-harm in Pakistan, and in the UK in those of Pakistani heritage. By exploring culturally driven and migration influenced factors associated with self-harm, Margaret hopes to provide the evidence base for more effective prevention and treatment strategies.
By employing a multiple comparative case design, the research will involve semi-structured interviews analysed via a thematic analysis. Interviews will be held with young Pakistani women who have self-harmed, family members of young Pakistani women who self-harmed and community stakeholders (e.g. teachers, Imams, NGO workers) who have had professional contact with or have a significant understanding of self-harm in Pakistani populations. The interviews will be conducted in Birmingham and in Karachi in Pakistan. Particularly during her fieldwork in Karachi, Margaret will be working closely with keycollaborators the Pakistan Institute of Living and Learning (PILL).
Dr Maria Michail
Dr Anna Lavis
Professor Rachel Upthegrove