Bereavement Counselling in Uganda and Northern Ireland: A Comparison

Lorna Montgomery, Valerie Owen-Pugh

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    Abstract

    Therapeutic interventions for bereavement in Northern Ireland and in the Sub-Saharan African country of Uganda are compared. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with Ugandan (n=18) and Northern Irish (n=20) therapists. These were thematically analysed. The findings focused on: the counselling context, the characteristics of counsellors, the characteristics of clients and counselling practices. Whilst there were many similarities in practice, core differences arose from the demands of these regions’ predominately collectivist or individualist settings. Findings suggest that counselling interventions require adjustment to reflect cultural practices where there is less emphasis on an individualised ego, and where bereavement responses must concur with social norms.

    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages13
    JournalBritish Journal of Guidance and Counselling
    Early online date13 Sep 2017
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    Publication statusEarly online date - 13 Sep 2017

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