'I thought it was normal: adolescents attempts to make sense of their experiences of domestic violence in their families

Chester, J. and Joscelyne, T. (2018) 'I thought it was normal: adolescents attempts to make sense of their experiences of domestic violence in their families. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. ISSN 0886-2605.

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Abstract

This paper describes the experience and impact of domestic violence on adolescents using qualitative methodology. It explores the meanings that adolescents give to their experiences and how this may relate to the impact of those experiences.

Five adolescents who were receiving interventions within child and adolescent mental health services were interviewed about their experiences of domestic violence and the interviews were analysed using Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis (IPA).

The results suggest that adolescents had a range of thoughts and feelings connected to their experiences, and that the impact of the domestic violence may be related to the different meanings that the adolescents gave to their experiences and how they made sense of those experiences.

The results are explored using theories such as Grych and Fincham’s Cognitive-Contextual Model; Watkin’s elaborated Control Theory; and, the work on post-traumatic growth. Research and clinical implications are discussed in the light of the results.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Domestic violence; child mental health; posttraumatic growth; trauma
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0076.5 Psychology research
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology
Depositing User: Dr Patricia Joscelyne
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2018 09:24
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2018 09:30
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/17803

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