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Title: Narrative therapy with self-cutting adolescents
Author: Hannen, Elaine
ISNI:       0000 0004 2676 739X
Awarding Body: The University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2009
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This qualitative study assesses the use of narrative therapy with self-cutting adolescents. The researcher, formally trained in narrative therapy, delivered a six to eight week narrative intervention separately to two self-cutting adolescent girls referred by their schools to an Educational Psychology Service. The study addressed four research questions. Pre- and post intervention self-report measures and parental reports were used to investigate research question no. 1: 'What effect does narrative therapy have upon the mental health of self-cutting adolescents?' Pre- and post-intervention narrative assessment interviews, and information from the intervention session transcripts, were used to compare the adolescents' pre- and post- intervention 'self-stories' and address research question no. 2: 'How does narrative therapy affect the self-stories of self-cutting adolescents?' The adolescents' views of the helpfulness, or otherwise, of several narrative practices, including outsider witness groups, were elicited using a post-intervention semi-structured interview and questionnaire. Narrative processes were explored and the adolescents' responses mapped using maps of narrative practice (White, 2007) to address research question no. 3: 'What narrative therapy practices do self-cutting adolescents consider to be helpful?' The study also examined how the researcher, working as an EP, used narrative therapy. This information was used to address research question no. 4: 'How might EPs use narrative therapy in their work?' The study findings indicated that narrative therapy may be a promising intervention for improving the mental health and emotional well being of self-cutting adolescents. A model for the use of narrative therapy by EPs is proposed.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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