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Title: Through the eyes of a child : how do children who have experienced domestic violence see their world?
Author: Wagstaff, Morwenna
ISNI:       0000 0004 2689 6423
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2009
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Domestic violence is a serious social problem that represents a cause of vulnerability for children and a risk to them achieving positive outcomes. The aim of this study is to investigate the perception of children who have experienced domestic violence. In particular the study sought to examine: what the children identify as important, interesting and special; the issues of significance to them; and how their experiences of domestic violence have affected their perceptions of everyday life. Five children (aged seven to 13) participated in the study. All the children lived in lone-mother families, with two residing in refuges. A combination of participant generated photographs, photo-elicitation interviews and participant observation was used over six sessions with each child, spanning a period of two to four months. The longitudinal approach enabled rapport to develop between the researcher and each child. Data was analysed using interpretative phenomenologicaal nalysis( IPA). All the children perceived family and friends as important sources of support - they created a sense of value and belonging, and promoted the innocence, fun and magic of childhood. Uncertainty, loss and change resulting from domestic violence had varying impact on each child. Of significance was that fathers were omitted from the children's photographs altogether and from much of their conversation. Complexities surrounding the children's understanding of their situations and their ability to communicate their thoughts and feelings were highlighted. Of importance to Educational Psychologists is that children who experience domestic violence need time, space and support to communicate their perceptions and concerns meaningfully. Schools played a vital role in bolstering protective factors to help the children cope with adversity.
Supervisor: Williams, Val Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Ed.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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