International Association of Educators   |  ISSN: 1949-4270   |  e-ISSN: 1949-4289

Original article | Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research 2022, Vol. 17(1) 8-27

A Qualitative Analysis of Self-Determination and Psychological Adjustment of Syrian Refugees in Turkey: Teachers’ Perspective

Numan Turan, Bediha İpekçi, Ezgi Alabucak Cinalioğlu & Mehmet Yalçın Yılmaz

pp. 8 - 27   |  DOI:   |  Manu. Number: MANU-2110-08-0001.R1

Published online: March 01, 2022  |   Number of Views: 124  |  Number of Download: 394


This qualitative research explored Syrian refugees’ self-determination and psychosocial adjustment in Turkey and teachers’ experience working with refugees. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews from 12 vocational and language teachers (Mage = 34.27, SDage = 4.94) who had an average of 9.58-year teaching experience and at least one year of teaching Syrian forcibly displaced people and refugees. The content analysis revealed three overarching themes: i) the needs for autonomy, competence and relatedness facilitate refugees’ adjustment in dealing with resettlement stressors; ii) trauma experience interferes with refugees’ adjustment; iii) working with refugees transforms teachers to become more tolerant, resilient, patriotic, sensitive to diversity, and grateful for their relationships. The findings may stimulate psychosocial interventions and policies that would mitigate contextual barriers as well as create an inclusive psychosocial environment. Refugees are likely to benefıt from a nurturing environment and teachers are likely to benefit from trainings focusing on trauma informed teaching skills.

Keywords: Syrian refugees, teachers, psychological adjustment, self-determination, trauma

How to Cite this Article?

APA 6th edition
Turan, N., Ipekci, B., Cinalioglu, E.A. & Yilmaz, M.Y. (2022). A Qualitative Analysis of Self-Determination and Psychological Adjustment of Syrian Refugees in Turkey: Teachers’ Perspective . Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research, 17(1), 8-27. doi: 10.29329/epasr.2022.248.1

Turan, N., Ipekci, B., Cinalioglu, E. and Yilmaz, M. (2022). A Qualitative Analysis of Self-Determination and Psychological Adjustment of Syrian Refugees in Turkey: Teachers’ Perspective . Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research, 17(1), pp. 8-27.

Chicago 16th edition
Turan, Numan, Bediha Ipekci, Ezgi Alabucak Cinalioglu and Mehmet Yalcin Yilmaz (2022). "A Qualitative Analysis of Self-Determination and Psychological Adjustment of Syrian Refugees in Turkey: Teachers’ Perspective ". Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research 17 (1):8-27. doi:10.29329/epasr.2022.248.1.

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