Interpreters’ Self-Perceptions of Their Use of Self When Interpreting in Health and Behavioural Health Settings

Authors

  • Nicole Dubus San Jose State University, San Jose CA

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.25071/1920-7336.40355

Keywords:

United States, health, behavioural health, interpreters, interpersonal dynamics, self-perception, use of self

Abstract

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.

Author Biography

Nicole Dubus, San Jose State University, San Jose CA

Nicole Dubus PhD, MSW is an assistant professor in social work at San Jose State University in San Jose CA, USA. Her research is on the life course experiences of refugees and cultrally effective services for refugees.

Additional Files

Published

2016-11-23

How to Cite

Dubus, N. (2016). Interpreters’ Self-Perceptions of Their Use of Self When Interpreting in Health and Behavioural Health Settings. Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, 32(3), 119–124. https://doi.org/10.25071/1920-7336.40355