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Title: The experience of resilience after childhood neglect and deprivation : implications for counselling
Authors: Cilia, Phyllisianne
Keywords: Parental deprivation -- Malta
Psychic trauma in children
Resilience (Personality trait)
Child abuse -- Malta
Issue Date: 2018
Citation: Cilia, P. (2018). The experience of resilience after childhood neglect and deprivation : implications for counselling (Master’s dissertation).
Abstract: This study explored the experience of resilience after childhood neglect and deprivation with individuals who opted-in the research after having experienced neglect and deprivation in their childhood, and who now identify themselves with resilience. Since the research explored subjective experiences, a qualitative research design was considered as the most appropriate. Audio-recorded, individual semi-structured interviews were conducted with a sample of eight participants – eight adults who opted-in the research after having identified themselves with the definition of resilience that was provided in the information letter, and hence considered themselves in a position to talk about their experiences. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) was the methodology used and the interviews were analysed thematically. Excerpts of the latter are presented in the appendices to offer readers the possibility to follow the development of the superordinate and subordinate themes. The findings revealed the presence of a complex process whereby the hardships and various experiences of deprivation and neglect that the participants went through led them to a point where they then started to make those choices which would ultimately lead them towards a better place in their lives through the development of resilience. Through the themes that emerged, the findings indicate how the attainment of resilience is a process, as in fact both Maltese and international contemporary literature suggest. Recommendations for future research, policy and practice for counsellors working with children, adolescents and/or adults, as elicited from the participants’ voices include further research on the implications of neglect and deprivation. In addition, which factors can help an individual develop resilience, or on the other hand, impede such process. Recommendations include the important role of educators, as well as the importance of developing trusting counselling relationships, especially at crucial points in life were far reaching choices are being made.
Appears in Collections:Abuse and violence
Dissertations - FacSoW - 2018
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