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Research project description
The trauma caused by child abuse is known to result in a range of psychosocial difficulties, including self-harm, emotional dysregulation and ‘at-risk’ behaviours including substance abuse. However, thinking in such general terms about adolescent girls and trauma has led to a one-dimensional, problem-saturated understanding of their lives. There has been very little investigation into the possibility that many adolescent girls develop a complex picture of both resilience and problems as a result of their experiences. I am conducting a qualitative study in which women are invited to describe their experiences using their own words, in order to construct more nuanced understandings of their identities and to highlight the limitations of simplistic conceptualisations of their lives. The findings from this study are relevant to a range of professionals aiming to provide more effective interventions for this client group.
“I had been damaged and a very important part of me had been destroyed – that was my reality, the facts of my life; but on the other side of the facts was who I could be, how I could feel, and as long as I had words for that, images for that, stories for that, then I wasn’t lost” (Jeanette Winterson, 2011, Why be happy when you could be normal? p.42).
- Tseris, E. (2011). Diagnosing distress? Mental health assessment processes relating to adolescent women. 21st Women and Psychology Conference, Valuing Women and Children in their Diverse Life Contexts, Wollongong, NSW, 2-4 December 2011.
|An analysis of psychiatric trauma theory relating to adolescent girls who have experienced abuse.(Associate supervisor)||PhD||Dr Lesley Laing|
|An analysis of psychiatric trauma theory relating to adolescent girls who have experienced abuse.||PhD||Dr Margot Rawsthorne|
- Tseris, E. (2013). Beyond Symptoms: Towards a Narrative Conceptualisation of Traumatised Women.. In Gonzalez, L. & Davies, F. (Ed.), Madness, Women and the Power of Art. Inter-disciplinary Press.
- Tseris, E. (2013). Trauma Theory without Feminism? Evaluating Contemporary Understandings of Traumatized Women . Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 28(2), 153–164. DOI:10.1177/0886109913485707
- Tseris, E. (2012). The Social Construction of Traumatised Young Women. In Madness: 5th Global Conference. Oxford, England, 30 August-1 September.