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Title: Developing resilient responding in adolescents exposed to domestic violence : an IPA study of experiences in an intervention project
Author: Fitzgerald, Gemima
Awarding Body: University of Surrey
Current Institution: University of Surrey
Date of Award: 2013
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Adolescents' experiences of receiving therapeutic support as a result of witnessing domestic violence. has been under-researched. This study aimed to fill a gap in the literature and explore how adolescents' experiences of therapeutic practice could help inform theory regarding the building of resilience. Objective This study aimed to address the following research question: 'How do adolescents, aged 12-16, experience the process of being supported by a charity after being exposed to chronic domestic violence in the family home?' Method A qualitative methodology utilising semi-structured interviews was used. Six adolescents (3 boys and 3 girls) who had been exposed to domestic violence and experienced a supportive intervention at a charitable organisation were interviewed. Interviews were analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis (Smith, Flowers & Larkin, 2009). Two focus groups, with additional young people, were conducted. These were credibility checks for the development of the semi-structured interview, and the quality assurance of the analysis. Results Four [FA master themes emerged: ( 1) 'the development of personal survival strategies and their ongoing legacy'; (2) ' developing and understanding personal psychological processes that facilitate resilient responding'; (3) ' feeling emotionally safe in relationships'; and (4) 'having a voice'. All themes demonstrated the effects on attachment strategies of having had a secure base at the charitable organisation.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Psychol.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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