Creating shared meaning: Narratives of youth violence, mindfulness, and counselling psychology

Doctoral thesis English OPEN
OʼDriscoll, A.
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This qualitative research study used a narrative inquiry approach to explore how young people who have engaged in violent and antisocial acts understand and make sense of this behaviour, and how these understandings relate to their views of self and the worlds they live in. Narrative interviews were conducted with eight individuals about their lives and their social worlds, with the resulting co-constructed stories analysed using a critical narrative analysis approach, resulting in the construction of five overarching thematic categories. Emergent ideas were interrogated from a symbolic interactionist perspective, and the impact of broader social contexts and dominant cultural narratives were explored. Suggestions are made regarding therapeutic work with young people engaged in such behaviour, and avenues for future research suggested.
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