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Title: "Suddenly I see " : outdoor youth development's impact on young women's well-being : a model of empowerment
Author: Maynard, Lucy
Awarding Body: Lancaster University
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 2011
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This research explored the experiences of a group of young women participating in an outdoor youth development project. The research questioned how the project impacted upon their well-being. A feminist participative action research approach developed this questioning through four cycles of research, working with six groups of young women. The young women became co-researchers in the process and together we compiled the story of their experience. The young women's key workers and the outdoor youth development trainers also became co-researchers. Reflection and analysis from all of the co-researchers' experiences led to the abstract conceptualisation of key processes within the project. Empowerment was found to be a key process which developed from the young women becoming more self-aware. Empowerment was seen as a balance of reflection (self-awareness and critical consciousness) and action (proactive and in control of their lives). This impacted on the young women's well-being as they became conscious of their own well-being and were then more able to control and enhance their well-being. This process was captured as a model of empowerment with distinct phases: sparking, realising, wanting, proactive decision, learning how, transferring, sustaining and recycling. The model of empowerment was proposed as a tool to both frame and analyse wider outdoor youth development practice. This made a significant contribution to understanding the role that outdoor youth development played in enhancing young people's well-being, ultimately towards social change.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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