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Young people’s experiences Nickee Kelly, Robyn Munford, Jackie Sanders and Kimberley Dewhurst

By: Kelly, Nickee.
Contributor(s): Munford, Robyn | Sanders, Jackie | Dewhurst, Kimberley.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: The Youth Transitions Study (New Zealand): Whāia to huanui kia toa. Technical report.Publisher: Palmerston North, New Zealand : Massey University, 2015Description: electronic document (41 pages) : PDF file.Subject(s): ADOLESCENTS | ATTACHMENT | CHILD ABUSE | CHILD EXPOSURE TO VIOLENCE | CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE | INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS | PARENT ADOLESCENT RELATIONSHIP | TRAUMA | YOUNG PEOPLE | NEW ZEALANDOnline resources: Click here to access online | Access the website The Youth Transitions Study (New Zealand): Whāia to huanui kia toa. Technical report, no. 23, 2015Summary: The data presented in this paper was collected as part of a larger study, the Pathways to Resilience Research Program, a five-country (Canada, China, Colombia, South Africa, and New Zealand), mixed methods study of youth resilience and risk. Data for the study was gathered between 2009 and 2013. Linked to its parent study based at the Resilience Research Centre in Halifax Canada, these were the first studies anywhere in the world that investigated the ways in which experiences across service systems influenced outcomes for youth with complex needs. This paper examines patterns that emerged from the analysis of one thematic node in the qualitative data set, the experiences of young people. Experiences were conceptualised and discussed in terms of both the positive and negative affects they had on the developmental trajectories of young people. Many young people showed insight into the ways in which difficult experiences in childhood and adolescence had provided them with the opportunity to experience or learn something positive, and identified particular life experiences that had been pivotal in shaping their sense of self. Insight and capacity for self-reflection was evident in the young people’s analysis of how difficulties and risk factors in their lives such as the experience of abuse, trauma and loss, had reinforced their capacity to cope with crises and their sense of self-efficacy. (From the Introduction). See the website for other publications from this study. Record #6006
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The Youth Transitions Study (New Zealand): Whāia to huanui kia toa. Technical report, no. 23, 2015

The data presented in this paper was collected as part of a larger study, the Pathways to Resilience Research Program, a five-country (Canada, China, Colombia, South Africa, and New Zealand), mixed methods study of youth resilience and risk. Data for the study was gathered between 2009 and 2013. Linked to its parent study based at the Resilience Research Centre in Halifax Canada, these were the first studies anywhere in the world that investigated the ways in which experiences across service systems influenced outcomes for youth with complex needs.

This paper examines patterns that emerged from the analysis of one thematic node in the qualitative data set, the experiences of young people. Experiences were conceptualised and discussed in terms of both the positive and negative affects they had on the developmental trajectories of young people. Many young people showed insight into the ways in which difficult experiences in childhood and adolescence had provided them with the opportunity to experience or learn something positive, and identified particular life experiences that had been pivotal in shaping their sense of self. Insight and capacity for self-reflection was evident in the young people’s analysis of how difficulties and risk factors in their lives such as the experience of abuse, trauma and loss, had reinforced their capacity to cope with crises and their sense of self-efficacy. (From the Introduction). See the website for other publications from this study. Record #6006