Emotional connectedness to home for Ghanaian students in the UK

  • Florence Doku, Bonnie Meekums
  • British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, May 2014, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/03069885.2014.916396

What Ghanaian students say about their emotional needs when studying in the UK

What is it about?

This study invited Ghanaian students in the UK to tell stories about connectedness to home and the UK, in two focus groups. The researchers identified story types, including stories about food as a way of maintaining community. They sought British equivalents and mourned the loss of community in the way that university life is constructed in the UK. The research was transformational in that it offered one way to connect with each other.

Why is it important?

This publication offers important information about what Ghanaian students in the UK need to support their well-being and makes suggestions for culturally sensitive services that highlight the need for community, including opportunities for sharing food.

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