Emotional wellbeing: lived experiences of children and young people 'on road'

Basi, Manjinder Singh (2022). Emotional wellbeing: lived experiences of children and young people 'on road'. University of Birmingham. Ap.Ed.&ChildPsy.D.

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Qualitative literature exploring the mental and emotional wellbeing of children and young people (CYP) in gangs (also referred to by the UK slang term ‘on road’) is sparse, despite current literature suggesting detrimental impacts of gang involvement upon the mental health of members. This research explores the lived experiences of CYP ‘on road,’ including how CYP describe the impact of these experiences on their emotional wellbeing, and how CYP describe coping and support mechanisms in relation to their wellbeing. Interpretative Phenomological Analysis was used to analyse semi-structured interview data from three male CYP who were actively involved in or had previous involvement with life ‘on road.’ Findings suggest a short-term fulfilment of the psychological needs of participants comes at the cost of detrimental and potentially long-lasting negative consequences to their emotional wellbeing and life outcomes which may be challenging for others to support. This research offers a unique contribution to current literature. Insight into difficulties recruiting participants from this population are explored, with implications for Educational Psychology practice also discussed.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ap.Ed.&ChildPsy.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ap.Ed.&ChildPsy.D.
Licence: All rights reserved All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
School or Department: School of Education, Department of Disability, Inclusion and Special Needs
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/12568

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