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Title: Experiences of sudden student death : a narrative inquiry
Author: Flynn, Deirdre
ISNI:       0000 0004 5355 3434
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2014
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The death of a college student is a traumatic experience for families, fellow students and college staff. This study is a narrative inquiry into the experiences of parents, students and academic staff following the unexpected death of undergraduate students and particularly their experiences of the College response. Many universities in the US, UK and Ireland have Death Response Plans (DRPs) which shape their response, but little research has been done on the impact of these, and none in an Irish context. The study seeks to address this shortcoming and to contribute to the ongoing discussion as to how universities may help newly bereaved parents, students and staff. It is undertaken in a university in Ireland where the researcher works. The methodology includes interviews, transcriptions and the construction of poetic stanzas, reporting the experiences of 20 participants. The analysis combines elements from both thematic and structural analysis as outlined by Riessman (2008b). It also focuses on context, discourses and performativity. A social constructionist approach (Burr, 1995) is adopted. The College DRP is reviewed in the light of participants' experiences and recommendations are made about future developments.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Ed.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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