IJSSH 2014 Vol.4(3): 201-205 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2014.V4.346

Perceived Discrimination and Psychological Distress of Myanmar Refugees in Malaysia

Sew Kim Low, Jin Kuan Kok, and Wan Ying Lee
Abstract—The purpose of this research is to explore the psychological distress and discrimination experienced by refugees from Myanmar in Malaysia. A narrative inquiry approach and an in depth interview were chosen to get in touch with the social world of the refugees. Bronfenbrenner’s (1979) ecological theory was used to examine the psychological distress of the participants in their social context. The findings revealed the social, economical and psychological discrimination experienced by these refugees while waiting for the opportunity to be relocated to a new country.

Index Terms—Discrimination, narrative inquires, psychological distress, refugees, social context.

S. K. Low is with the Department of Psychology & Counseling, Faculty of Arts and Social Science Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, 31900, Kampar Malaysia (e-mail: lowsk@utar.edu.my).

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Cite: Sew Kim Low, Jin Kuan Kok, and Wan Ying Lee, " Perceived Discrimination and Psychological Distress of Myanmar Refugees in Malaysia," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 201-205, 2014.

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