The Challenges of Migration of Caribbean Women to Britain

An audio recording of Dr. Arnold’s talk can be accessed here

Dr. Elaine Arnold and Ros Kane

Saturday 8th June 2019
The Challenges of Migration of Caribbean Women to Britain Speaker: Dr Elaine Arnold

Dr Elaine Arnold
Dr Elaine Arnold

Dr Arnold has worked as a teacher, lecturer, counsellor & psychiatric social worker in Child Guidance; has taught Masters of Social Work students at Goldsmiths College & Sussex University & was a founder member & Director of Training at Nafsiyat (Intercultural Therapy Centre). She researched the adverse effects of separation, loss & sometimes traumatic reunions due to immigration from the West Indies to Britain among some families of African Caribbean origin. This led to the publication of Working with Families of African Caribbean Origin: Understanding Issues around Immigration and Attachment. The mass migration to Britain occurred without adequate preparation of the migrants & of the indigenous people. Nothing was done to help the latter to examine their stereotypical views of black people & to be less hostile to their presence. The migrants could not have anticipated the devastating effects that their experiences of broken attachments, separation & loss of all that was familiar would have upon them. Neither did they envisage the level of hostility based on prejudice & racial discrimination from every level of the communities in which they tried to settle. These experiences deepened their sense of isolation & loss & very often led to irrational behaviour. The intergenerational patterns of avoidant or disorganised attachments seem to be factors contributing to some of the current anti-social behaviour problems of many of the young people of African Caribbean origin. Currently Dr Arnold is Director of Supporting Relationships & Families. She also continues to lecture at various colleges & voluntary groups on the theory of attachment, separation & loss & its applicability to practice in the caring professions.

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