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Migration process and its effects on mental health

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Symposium Chairs
Prof. Dr. Şefika Şule ERÇETİN & Prof. Dr. Cemal ATAKAN
Sicentific Committee
Prof. Dr. Gediz Akdeniz, İstanbul University, TURKEY
Prof. Dr. Paul Ashwin, Lancaster University, UK
Prof. Dr. Cemal Atakan, Ankara University, TURKEY
Prof. Dr. Hüseyin Bağcı, Middle East Technical University,TURKEY
Prof. Dr. Uğur Berberoğlu, Ankara Oncology Education and Research Hospital, TURKEY
Prof.Dr. Purnima Mehta Bhatt, Hood College Frederick MD, USA
Prof.Dr. Gandolfo Dominici, University of Palermo, ITALY
Prof.Dr. Jason Peter Fine, UNC, North Carolina, Chapelhill, USA
Prof.Dr. Manuel Albert M. Ferreira, SCTE-IUL, PORTUGAL
Prof.Dr. John Kantor, Allient International University, USA
Prof. Dr. Kaliyabanu Kertayeva, The L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University,
Prof. Dr. Elife Doğan Kılıç, İstanbul University, TURKEY
Prof. Dr. Zhumabekova Fatima Niyazbekovna, The L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National
University, KAZAKHSTAN
Prof.Dr. Emine Orhaner, Gazi University, TURKEY
Prof.Dr. Oktay Tanrısever, Middle East Technical University,TURKEY
Prof. Dr. Hasan Tatlıpınar, İstanbul University, TURKEY
Prof. Dr. Osman Titrek, Sakarya University, TURKEY
Prof.Dr. Necla Turanlı, Hacettepe University, TURKEY
Prof.Dr. Mehmet Yılmaz, Ankara University,TURKEY
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Prof. Dr. Kadisha, Shalgynbayeva, The L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University,
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sait Akbaşlı Hacettepe University , TURKEY
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yakup Albayrak, Namık Kemal University,T URKEY
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sabri Çelik, Gazi University, TURKEY
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Niyazi Erdoğan, Ufuk University, TURKEY
Assoc. Prof.Dr. İlknur Maya, Çanakkale University, TURKEY
Assoc. Prof.Dr. Mehmet Özbaş, Erzincan University, TURKEY
Assoc. Prof.Dr. Zekai Öztürk, Gazi University, TURKEY
Assoc. Prof. Dr. İlknur Şentürk, Eskişehir Osmangazi University, TURKEY
Asist. Prof. Dr. Akbar Rahimi Alishah, Aydın University, TURKEY
Asist. Prof.Dr. Murat Beyazyüz, Namık Kemal University TURKEY
Asist. Prof.Dr. Mehmet Ali Hamedoğlu, Sakarya University, TURKEY
Aist. Prof. Dr. Melek Körükçü, Niğde Ömer Halis Demir University, TURKEY
Asist. Prof.Dr. Nilanjan Ray, Adamas University, West Bengal, IINDIA
Asist. Prof.Dr. G. Çiğdem Yalçın, İstanbul University, İstanbul, TURKEY
Dr. Mina Abbasiyannejad, UPM, MALAYSIA
Dr. Esra Soydaş Akyol, Yıldırım Beyazıt University, TURKEY
Dr. Wassim Aloulou, College of Economics and Administration Sciences, Al-Imam
Muhammed Ibn Saud Islamic University at Riyadh, KSA
Dr. Joan Pere Plaza I Font, Escola Superior de Comerç InternacionalUniversitat Pompeu
Fabra, SPAIN
Dr. Arzu Güler, Adnan Menderes University, TURKEY
Dr. Mainul Haque, University of Nottingham, UK
Dr. Manuela Piscitelli, Università degli Studi della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, ITALY
Dr. Nursel Yardibi, International Science Association, TURKEY
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Organizing Committee
Dr. Nihan POTAS, Gazi University, TURKEY
Dr. Nursel YARDİBİ, International Science Association, TURKEY
Erbil Can ARTUN, Yeditepe University, TURKEY
Mehmet KÜÇÜKÇENE, Kırıkkale University, TURKEY
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Migration, especially immigrants, causes significant changes in the lives of individual.
Although immigrants may face with several problems related to mental health, disciplines that
examine mental health such as counseling, psychology and psychiatry have not been
adequately interested in this issue. Identifying problems of immigrants will provide host
society to understand their problems better. In this study, problems of immigrants are
discussed as three stages, pre-migration, migration and post-migration. Immigrants take
place extensively among targeted groups of counselors offering mental health services at
many different institutions. For this reason, the results are evaluated for mental health
professionals, especially counselors.
Keywords: Migration, Mental Health, Migration Process, Immigrants.
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In the present study, perceptions of Turkish school administrators and teachers towards Syrian refugee children were examined through metaphors. 71 school administrators and 242 teachers from 27 different provinces of Turkey participated in the study. As a result of the study, the metaphors produced by school administrators were grouped into four categories: "child with cultural adaptation and belonging problems", "fragile and needy child", "child who is no different from other children" and "problematic child". The metaphors produced by teachers were grouped into six categories: "child with cultural adaptation and belonging problems", "child who is no different from other children", "fragile and needy child", "problematic child", "child who can reveal her/his potential with interest" and "compatible child". Participants' perceptions of refugee children were not related to gender but there was a significant relationship between professional seniority and the number of refugee children at school. Although school administrators and teachers have positive perceptions about refugee children, their negative perceptions are largely due to the lack of professional experience and the high number of students at school. Providing vocational support to teachers and administrators, planning the number of students in schools, and providing resources to schools will improve positive perceptions about refugee children.
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