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Title: Exploring exposure to trauma in a sample of adolescents attending alternative education provision (AEP) in Northern Ireland
Author: Devine, Sinéad
ISNI:       0000 0004 5372 5806
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2014
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The research aimed to increase understanding of the adverse life experiences young people attending AEP have been exposed to. The impact of exposure was captured quantitatively - in relation to PTSD and related symptoms scores ~ and qualitatively by accessing Pupil Voice through semi~structured interviews. Sample: The original sample screened comprised 45 young people (25 males; 20 females) attending AEP. The mean age of participants was 15.82 years. Method: Screening measures were employed to identify young people who had been exposed to potentially traumatic events and whether or not they had been affected by this exposure. A subsample of participants were identified and interviewed in relation to the impact of exposure to trauma. Results: Adolescents in AEP settings have been exposed to a wide range of adverse events and have been significantly impacted as a result. Cognisance was taken of Northern Ireland's post~conflict status in an effort to contextualise the results. Conclusion: Adverse life events can have a widespread impact on the lives of young people, extending beyond clinical levels of PTSD and related disorders. School based educators and professionals are well placed to provide support to trauma exposed youth. Support efforts must holistically consider the wider impact of trauma and its manifestations both within and outside the learning environment
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (DECAP) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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