Adolescent experiences of self in multiple family therapy groups

dc.contributor.authorWiens, Sandra
dc.contributor.supervisorBanister, Elizabeth
dc.date.accessioned2007-08-31T21:05:57Z
dc.date.available2007-08-31T21:05:57Z
dc.date.copyright2007en_US
dc.date.issued2007-08-31T21:05:57Z
dc.degree.departmentSchool of Nursingen_US
dc.degree.levelMaster of Nursing M.N.en_US
dc.description.abstractQualitative research in relation to treatment approaches for youth with mental health difficulties has been limited and, in particular, very little is known about how youth experience therapy. This qualitative study describes adolescent experiences of self in the context of Multiple Family Therapy groups. An ethnographic method was used for data collection and analysis. Two interrelated themes emerged that relate to the structure and the processes that contributed to co-construction of the group culture and the adolescents’ perceptions of self. The first theme: “I feel a whole lot better about myself”, relates to aspects of the group culture that supported the adolescents to experience an enhanced working self concept. The second theme: “We knew it was possible to change”, relates to transformations in the adolescents’ relational selves that they associated with their experiences in the group. These findings have implications regarding the potential of the MFT model to support youth: to express themselves authentically; to strengthen their sense of self; and to positively transform their relational selves, thus supporting their healthy development and future well-being as adults.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1828/222
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.rightsAvailable to the World Wide Weben_US
dc.subjectadolescenten_US
dc.subjectdevelopmenten_US
dc.subjectmental healthen_US
dc.subjecttherapyen_US
dc.subjectyouth voiceen_US
dc.subject.lcshUVic Subject Index::Sciences and Engineering::Psychology::Developmental psychologyen_US
dc.subject.lcshUVic Subject Index::Sciences and Engineering::Health Sciences::Nursingen_US
dc.subject.lcshUVic Subject Index::Sciences and Engineering::Psychology::Clinical psychologyen_US
dc.titleAdolescent experiences of self in multiple family therapy groupsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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