Developing practice-near social work research to explore the emotional words of severely learning disabled adolescents in 'transition' and their families.

Hingley-Jones, Helen (2009) Developing practice-near social work research to explore the emotional words of severely learning disabled adolescents in 'transition' and their families. Journal of Social Work Practice, 23 (4). pp. 413-428. ISSN 0265-0533

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Abstract

This paper aims to make a contribution to the development of practice-near research through discussion of a project which explores the experiences of a socially marginalized group — young people with severe learning disabilities. Psychoanalytically informed infant observation is adapted as a research method for observing these young people in the family home. The paper discusses the rationale for the development and adaption of the research method in the process of observing. The discussion focuses on the key themes of understanding the quality of developing subjectivity and the ways that young people, adults and siblings coped with the often stressful aspects in the home. The article concludes with the implications for policy and practice and proposes that methodologies such as this are needed to capture the complexity of the lives and experiences of these service users and their families.

Item Type:Article
Research Areas:School of Health and Education > Health & Education
ID Code:5032
Deposited On:20 Apr 2010 10:50
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