'No-one knows what happens'. Enriching our understanding of the resilience of young people in a Pupil Referral Unit

Hunter, D H (2015) 'No-one knows what happens'. Enriching our understanding of the resilience of young people in a Pupil Referral Unit. Professional Doctorate thesis, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust / University of Essex. Full text available

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This study presents an in-depth, idiographic, phenomenological exploration of the experiences, views and perceptions of four young people in a Pupil Referral Unit, in relation to ecological factors of resilience. Semi-structured interviews were conducted, and the resultant transcripts subjected to Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis. This analysis points to the powerful debilitating impact local ecological factors associated with resilience can have on the participants’sense of self and ability to feel safe, along with their subsequent projection of aggression and hostility towards others in their community. Some of the participants describe how the ensuing feelings of negative self-image coupled with heightened vigilance, result in their directing negative affect towards others. The results section gives a detailed account of these processes at work, analytically describing four superordinate themes: ‘Transition of the Self’, ‘Feeling Unsafe’, ‘Surviving in a Dangerous World’, and ‘External Influences’. Each theme is presented with subordinate themes and extracts taken from each participant, and with the interpretations made by the researcher. The analysis is discussed with reference to existent literature, including work on attachment, containment and gangs. This study views resilience as a multilevel dynamic concept, needing to be understood at an idiographic level. The relevance to Educational Psychologists work is highlighted, and future areas for research suggested.

Item Type: Thesis (Professional Doctorate)
Additional Information: Thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the Doctorate in Child and Educational Psychology awarded by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in collaboration with the University of Essex
Uncontrolled Keywords: Doctorate in Child and Educational Psychology, M5
Subjects: Disabilities & Disorders (mental & physical) > Behaviour Disorders
Learning & Education > Educational Psychology
Learning & Education > Learning & Education in Psychology
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
Depositing User: Ms Linda Dolben
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2016 15:18
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2017 13:42
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/1344

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