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Title: The ordinariness of resilience : a counselling psychology perspective
Author: Casey, Dermot William
ISNI:       0000 0004 2723 5256
Awarding Body: City University
Current Institution: City, University of London
Date of Award: 2011
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This study investigated the resilience response of survivors of Irish institutional abuse; who were subjected to significant adversity from a very young age and for many of them it continued throughout their lives. A qualitative approach was deployed, using semi-structured interviews and Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) to analyse the data. Participants were two women and six men, aged between 29 and 65 years of age, who were all survivors of institutional abuse. The analysis produced three super-ordinate themes, which represented three life periods. Results demonstrated that the process of resilience is very much context-dependent and that the process, in the way that it is expressed by each individual, can change throughout the life span based on the availability of internal assets and external resources. The findings in this study can support Counselling Psychologists in how they approach their clinical work, to combine deficit-based work in conjunction with strengths-based initiatives that highlight and strengthen a client's resilience.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Psych.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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