The following qualitative research project was carried out with a small focus group toexamine, through Traveller women’s narrative discourse, the role of gender on mental healthfor women in a minority group. The research was conducted with a thorough examination bythe researcher of previous and relevant studies in this area.
The objective of this research project is to examine the level of understanding of women in aminority group on mental health issues and the discourse they used. This research projectfocused on the factors that can affect an individual’s mental health with an emphasis of thefactors that affect women from an ethnic minority group in Ireland in particular.
A qualitative approach was used for this research paper. It was conducted using semi-structured, open-ended questions in a focus group setting. The data was analysed usingFramework Analysis. Qualitative research methods were chosen for this project as it allowsindividuals from marginalised groups to have a voice. A focus group was deemed the mostappropriate approach to this research. Focus groups are interactive, dynamic and allow the participants to feel respected which was essential to the underpinning feminist stance of thisresearch project. Eighteen women from the Travelling community, who are training to beCommunity Health Advocates, participated in the focus group. The participants were asked beforehand if they wanted to participate by an independent gate-keeper. The focus group began with the aims of the research being read aloud. Each participant was asked to sign aconsent form to allow quotes to be used in the research but no participant would be identified.The participants were advised they could withdraw their consent at any time without anyrepercussions.