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Title: Young people who are violent towards their parents in the UK
Author: Papamichail, Alexandra
ISNI:       0000 0004 7427 0687
Awarding Body: University of Brighton
Current Institution: University of Brighton
Date of Award: 2017
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This qualitative study explores a form of family violence, namely, young people‘s violent behaviour toward their parents. The aim is to fill a gap in the literature by giving voice to young people whose voices have been marginalised, as well as to psychologists and psychotherapists who work with them in the UK. The key areas of interest concern the familial relationships and contexts within which young people are embedded, their psychological states and how these are linked with violent behaviour. The conceptual framework underlying this study is that of relational developmental systems, and the work draws on theories of attachment, developmental trauma and family-systems. This work emerges from a practitioner-researcher perspective within the disciplinary area of developmental psychology and psychopathology. Participant-observation and interviews were conducted with eight young people from two different intervention programmes aiming to tackle violence against parents. In addition, semi-structured interviews were conducted with five psychologists and/or psychotherapists. All data were analysed from a critical realist perspective using inductive, thematic analysis. A number of key findings from the thematic analysis emerged. These include adverse childhood experiences, disrupted attachments, lack of mentalization skills and emotional dysregulation, dysfunctional family-systems, bi-drectional violence and a continuum of violent behaviour toward siblings and schoolmates among others. This study shows that current overarching conceptual frameworks in the field rely heavily on Duluth‘s feminist model of adult domestic violence, demonstrating links between literature, policy and practice. The contribution of this work is to highlight problems in applying the Duluth framework to children‘s violence, and to suggest a new synthesis informed by tailored interventions, attachment and trauma theory, upon which evidence-based interventions may be based.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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