A beacon for information: youth narratives on school-based anxiety prevention

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dc.contributor.author Felix, Andrea
dc.date.accessioned 2017-04-27T18:41:35Z
dc.date.available 2017-04-27T18:41:35Z
dc.date.copyright 2017 en_US
dc.date.issued 2017-04-27
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/8004
dc.description.abstract The newly revised 2017-2018 British Columbian high school curriculum, as a prevention education response to a growing concern around children and youths’ mental health, indicates that students will learn the signs and symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression and be able to explain strategies to promote mental well-being (Province of British Columbia, 2016). Youth voices may help in shaping this curriculum objective. This study explores the meaning that five high school students, who were trained to facilitate an anxiety-prevention program, make of the problem of anxiety and prevention through their narratives, applying a narrative methodology and analysis. These youth narratives do not provide a singular explanation, truth or understanding of anxiety; like all narratives, they hold multiple truths. The youth narratives are drawn from the participants’ local experiential knowledge as well as prevailing discourses that shape their understanding. The types of narratives in this inquiry include: i) the quest for problem-free childhoods; ii) the genesis of knowledge; and iii) overcoming giant stigma by connecting. There are implications and considerations pulled from the narratives, including how a prevailing psychologized discourse may obscure contextual factors in making sense of anxiety and prevention. This inquiry may help educators and other professionals to imagine what else could be possible in conceptualizing the problem of anxiety and implementing prevention programs. It is hoped that this study will add to the current dialogue around prevention and support strategies in British Columbian schools and beyond. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject anxiety en_US
dc.subject youth en_US
dc.subject narrative methodology en_US
dc.subject FRIENDS for Life en_US
dc.subject school-based prevention en_US
dc.subject BC Schools en_US
dc.subject mental health en_US
dc.subject social constructionism en_US
dc.subject peer counsellors en_US
dc.subject youth leadership en_US
dc.subject anxiety prevention en_US
dc.subject narrative analysis en_US
dc.title A beacon for information: youth narratives on school-based anxiety prevention en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Hoskins, Marie L.
dc.degree.department School of Child and Youth Care en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0525 en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0680 en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0519 en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0533 en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0347 en_US

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