Interpreters’ Self-Perceptions of Their Use of Self When Interpreting in Health and Behavioural Health Settings
Keywords:United States, health, behavioural health, interpreters, interpersonal dynamics, self-perception, use of self
This study examines interpreters’ self-perception of their use of self when interpreting in health and behavioural health-care settings. Constant comparative analysis was used to analyze the individual, semi-structured interviews of thirty-six interpreters. Interpreters identified specific skills and techniques, that they developed on their own, (1) to create a safe environment for provider and client, and (2) to increase the effectiveness of the intervention. Interpreters are vital members of care teams. Interpreters might be under-utilized if only seen as a language conduit. Embracing interpreters as members of the inter professional team may hold great promise for addressing challenges in providing culturally effective services.
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